This is not me. Well, technically, it is…let me explain…
My hair in its natural state is a crazy, curly mess. As a child, I fought to get my hair to be something it wasn’t: straight and fine and willing to succumb to feathering (Farrah Fawcett style.) As I grew older, I became weary of the struggle and just let it be. Wash-and-go became my style, if you can call that a style.
Last year, I discovered the Chi flat iron. A friend swore it could tame even my unruly hair. I had doubts, but it worked. I was left with a head of straight hair that didn’t feel like mine. I could run my fingers through it when dry.
The first time I wore my hair straight to work, people mistook me for a new employee. But as soon as I spoke, they recognized me, and we all had a good laugh.
I want my faith to be like my voice. I don’t want to tell people “I’m a Christian.” I want God’s presence in my life to be apparent. I’m not perfect and there are times I feel far from this goal. I misstep and pray for guidance to get right again.
I’m flawed, but I trust God has a perfectly wonderful plan for me.
During my reading this week, I found this scripture:
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
My Study Bible included text related to this verse, which answers the question: Why do believers still sin? “They are people who live in the flesh- still vulnerable to the weaknesses and temptations that affect all humans. To live in the flesh is to be influenced by habits and patterns of thinking acquired before coming to Christ. The more we rely on the Spirit, the more we will defeat those inner sinful impulses.”
This fills me with hope. May you be filled with hope as well. Have a beautiful Sunday 🙂