Your Roots Are Showing

31 Jan

Hairdressers have a few things they want us to know!

Some time ago, Reader’s Digest on the Internet ran an article titled, “13+ Things Your Hairstylist Won’t Tell You” and the Huffington Post carried this one: “10 Things Your Hairdresser Won’t Tell HairstylistYou.” On their lists:

  • A trim is not “just a trim.”
  • Let me do my job.
  • We see women at their worst.
  • I’m not all things to all people.
  • Men will tell you things they won’t tell their wives.
  • We sometimes gossip about you behind your back.
  • Do not attempt hairstylist-speak.
  • You depend on us for way more than your hair.
  • I’m not a psychologist.
  • Your hairline may be receding, but our prices aren’t … except when we feel like negotiating.
  • Some people are just too large or their cheeks too round for the style they want.

But this is my favorite:  “I’m a beautician, not a magician!”

One hairdresser admitted, “Good hairdressers are trained to keep a poker face… whenever the stylist’s and client’s eyes meet in the mirror. You won’t know from their expression that they’ve just given you asymmetrical bangs or used a blonde dye that’s too brassy….”  That happened to me a long time ago with a stylist who colored my hair too red by accident. She just kept smiling while I felt like a cardinal.

“You’re going to love how this goes with your skin tone,” she said…. and she was right. I was ticked off and my face was getting redder by the minute!

CoveringRootsHair color is one area we women want near perfection, especially when it comes to hiding our “roots.”

Remember the Clairol slogan, “Only her hairdresser knows for sure”? When I think of all the things I’ve shared with my current hairstylist, I’m glad she’s a fellow believer! She’s heard me at my best and worst, but loves and accepts me anyway. And she’s an expert at “roots” control and cover-up.

I’ve found that the roots in my heart are harder to cover up.

Have you ever been coasting along in life and suddenly – Yikes! You’re embarrassed because someone saw or heard something in your life that wasn’t Christ-like at all. Ugh. Sin-roots. They pop up at the worst times if we don’t deal with them at … well, the roots. And every single day.

Hebrews 12:15 describes one root that can really get us into trouble: “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” We need to look diligently with careful awareness, on the watch for any resentment and hatefulness that will shoot forth and cause trouble. Why? This root isn’t benign; it’s nasty! It contaminates and defiles others.

A favorite Bible teacher of mine used to say, “from the bitter root springs a bitter fruit.” An RootsAndFruitevangelist says, “Don’t get bitter; get better.”

And how do we do that? Certainly not by covering up the root like we cover the roots of our hair. No, roots like these (bitterness, anger, pride, selfishness, sinful habits, etc.) must be changed. We need a fundamental change of heart as we encounter each “root” of sin. It simply won’t work to ignore, deny, or cover up an ugly sinful bent. The Lord sees them all, but He’s also the solution we seek for change.

I applied a “conditioner” to my hair that totally changed the texture of my hair, but it also seemed to lighten my hair as each strand reflected light. I need that kind of transforming spiritual “conditioner” in my life. When the Word of God changes me at my core, I am able to reflect His light.

We are to be “doers of the Word,” James says (James 1:22). As we not only read, study, memorize and meditate (“chew on”) on the scriptures, but also apply (act on) them, God uses His Word to transform our hearts and deal with those tell-tale “roots.” His desire is to perfect (complete) us and equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17), but we must recognize each sin, forsake it, and begin to obey God. When we are “rooted and grounded” in the Word, Christ, and God’s love (Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:6-7), our “fruit” will honor the Lord and bless others.

What kind of fruit is sprouting from the roots in your life?

– Dawn

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