Ecclesiastes is one of the challenging but thought-provoking books. It teaches us to think about what is fleeting and about what it eternal. This image of a woman looking into a mirror that is actually a skull is one I’ve never forgotten. I know that I care too much about what I look like, spend too much time and money on my looks, and find myself wondering if it would be okay with the Lord if I got a little tuck!
I do know this will all pass away and what really matters is my heart — how well I love God and others. I know my mother lost some hearing from a facelift! I look at some movie stars who have gotten facelifts and think – oh my – they looked so much better before! And then I think about how the cost of a facelift could feed so many starving children…
Yet it is hard not to care – for the world judges us on our outward appearance, and we want to be ambassadors. God also gave us this body, even if it is going to turn to ashes, and it does have value, if only for a season.
I’d love to hear your ponderings on:
What do you think about facelifts and tummy tucks?
Does it make a difference if you are in public ministry in America?
How do you help yourself not to care so much about the transitory?
How do we stop looking at the outward appearance in others but love their hearts?
Would you help me and your sisters with your prayerful thoughts?