There’s just something funny about chin hairs … on women. Ok, maybe not so funny.
I read these comments about chin hairs this week:
- “Some days my biggest accomplishment is removing that annoying chin hair.”
- “True friends don’t just tell you about your chin hair. They’ve already dug out the tweezers from their purse.”
- “I refuse to call them chin hairs. We shall call them stray eyebrows.”
- “Make me a promise. If I end up in a coma, will you come to the hospital and pluck my chin hair?”
Chin hairs are a fact of life for the “elder set,” as are cankles (chubby ankles) and a whole assortment of other strange and wonderful body changes.
I have to admit, for some time assessing the obvious changes in my own body made me want to hide away. In fact, at one point as a speaker to women, I found myself dreading the opportunities.
“They’ll be staring at my ankles,” I thought, and I chose to wear long pants on stage.
Before I left for a luncheon engagement, I used a searchlight on my chin. “What if I miss a stray hair,” I said. “Horrors! That’s all the ladies at the table will see!
The devil doesn’t care what he uses to discourage us from ministry. Even chin hairs.
Realizing my responses were silly, I decided not to give the enemy an inch.
“Satan, I’m going to this event, and I’m going to speak, and I don’t care if I do have chin hairs and cankles. I’m going to go … and I’m going to love on people!”
Yes, we want to look our best, but if we’re not careful, we’ll miss out on God’s work in people’s lives because we’re too busy examining all the reasons we’re “inadequate” or “weird.”
The truth is, most people don’t care what you look like. They care about whether you know how to love … whether you speak truth … whether you live an authentic life.
Things that matter.
So no, I’m not like the slim speaker with the dazzling white teeth, trim waist, long eyelashes and very long legs. But I am uniquely crafted by the Creator to reach and touch the people He has ordained me to minister to and serve. I have to quit believing the enemy’s lies and embrace God’s truth.
The scriptures speak of the foolishness of comparisons.
“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding“ (2 Corinthians 10:12, ESV).
Comparisons aren’t anything new:
- Rachel and Leah had a real comparison fiasco going on! (Genesis 29:17; 30:1).
- Joseph’s brothers were envious of him to the point of wishing him dead (Acts 7:9).
- Saul was jealous, comparing himself to the beloved David (1 Samuel 18:8-9).
- And in the New Testament, Jesus’ disciples struggled with comparisons, wondering who would be greatest in the Kingdom (Matthew 18:1-4; 20:20-28; Luke 9:46-48), and who would be called to suffer or spared in their near future (John 21:20-23).
God simply asks us to do our personal best and not worry about what others do. Paul wrote: “Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work done well and won’t need to compare himself with someone else” (Galatians 6:4, Living Bible).
There are a number of negative attitudes behind comparisons.
Envy doesn’t look attractive on anyone, and discontent can disfigure the prettiest face.
The devil loves it when we struggle with the pride of comparisons, thinking wrongly about ourselves (Romans 12:3). God created us the way He wanted us to be, and all we have is from Him. We have no right to puff up with pride (1 Corinthians 4:7). Instead, we need to honor and be good stewards of the body God gave us … to bring HIM glory.
Pleasing the Lord is what matters. We will give account to Him alone, and we have no reason to glory outside of Him (Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:17-18). He gives us good gifts, spiritual gifts for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-18) and we need to be grateful.
Let’s spend more time loving and serving people; and if we have to compare, let’s spend our time comparing our lives to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)—not comparing chin hairs and cankles.
Where do you tend to compare yourself to others? Can you instead thank God for who you are and all that you have?
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