More than Skin-Deep

I decided to do something recently that was a little bit selfish.  Okay…it was a lot selfish!  When I made the initial decision I was thinking of only how it would benefit me and I didn’t really think much further.  But…God had other plans.  Funny how that works!  I’m not really sure where this will take me but just like anything else…here it goes! 

I have a wonderful mentor and friend named Shirley who has been trying to get me back into Mary Kay for…well…years.  She just never gave up…I just love her.  This past August I really started thinking seriously about it.  Then school started in the fall…before I knew it Christmas had come and gone….and then all of a sudden it’s April!  Well…Mary Kay had a great opportunity to start selling this month for $50.  Now…what was my motivation?  Hello…discounts!  I don’t like to pay full price for anything especially when I know from previously selling how much of a discount I can get!  So…after talking to Nathan we thought…why not…it would be a good idea to get a great deal on what I need anyway.

I realistically don’t really have time to actively “sell” so I thought signing up just for personal use just made sense.  A great product at a discounted rate is never a bad thing, right?  Then God got me thinking.  What do I really believe about beauty?  Well…I believe it really comes from the inside.  I’ve seen many “pretty” people but when I’ve looked closer their eyes speak sadness and their smiles empty and their lives not joyful…at that point there’s not much to see.  True beauty can be seen blazing through someone’s eyes…it can be heard in a kind and cheerful tone…it can be understood by a thoughtful and generous gesture all pouring from the depths of their hearts.  So me hoarding my discount is pretty much skin-deep.  Not exactly what I believe in…and so not cool!

I don’t just want to be another salesperson peddling lipsticks.  I don’t want all of my friendships to be based on makeup.  I don’t want people to avoid me because they think I’m going to ask them to host a skin care class.  I don’t want to sell someone something they will not use.  What I want is to tell women what I’ve learned about the joy of the Lord.  That finding worth in Him is greater than any mascara or cleanser or anti-wrinkle cream on the planet.  That we have all been fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image.  That we are all precious and beautiful in His sight.  No matter what size we are…no matter what the scale says…no matter what insecurities we carry around…no matter how society or the media lies to us.  That we are given this one body and we are called to honor God with it…take care of it…as we are to be a living sacrifice and His temple.  That is so much more than peddling lipstick.

So my challenge is…how do I not become just another salesperson in pink?  How do I share a non-typical view of true beauty and the joy of finding worth in the Lord through a typical avenue?  Well…that hasn’t exactly been worked out yet…can you tell this is a “think out loud” post?  I need to put a presentation in place that allows women from all walks of life to see the Truth from God’s Word, give them awesome discounts on products they need and somehow NOT lose money or the entire operation will be put to a screeching halt by my loving but firm CFO.  Quite a  feat, I know!  Mary Kay’s slogan is Enriching Women’s Lives…and they do it with a good product.  But I want to use something good to show women what is best.  Though I don’t know exactly how this will all work the Lord has laid this on my heart so He’ll show me what to do.  Until then, yes you can get a mascara or a cleanser or an anti-wrinkle cream from me…as long as you promise to think about the way God made you and how He sees you…precious and beautiful in His sight…without any of it!

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well. 

Psalm 139:14


But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

Samuel 16:7 The Message


Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10b