I’ve never been one to put much stock in make-up, but I heard a story recently that illustrates how God designed us each to work in our own “field”.
Our young friend Heather worked as a make-up artist in a department store one summer…something to occupy her free time and make a little pocket money. Until one day, a mom brought her teenage daughter in to have her make-up done for the first time, but quickly leaving after dropping her off. She had could not teach her daughter as she did not wear makeup herself due to the obvious birthmark covering over half her face.
When she returned to pick up her daughter, the daughter refused to leave until her mom acquiesced to having her make-up done as well. Onto a face of long-practiced impassivity, our friend artistically applied each layer. Once complete, with the birthmark completely covered up, she handed the mom a mirror and turned around to put away her tools. When she finally looked at the woman again, her eyes had added their own compliment to Heather’s work; an almost uncontrollable smile bracketed by two long lines of joyful tears.
“I haven’t felt beautiful since my wedding day 20 years ago!” Perhaps for the second time in her whole life, the woman felt she was beautiful. Several months later, our friend saw her again. She had lost twenty pounds and was visibly happier. She had become a whole new person, simply because she had finally experienced the truth; she is beautiful.
The question I ask myself is how can I help someone feel beautiful – lovable and loved – because they are…in Jesus’ eyes, and we are the body through which He loves them.
…So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God (1 Cor 7:17-24).