Remember reading the stories about pirates and buried treasure when you were a kid? The treasure was always gold coins and expensive jewelry. The pirates could hardly wait to get their hands on it – not because they wanted to wear it, but because it was something of value they could sell or pawn for cash.
Most women have nice jewelry – because they like to wear it. Some just feel better when they’re dripping in it, and others – believe it or not, are actually trying to hide behind it. They don’t feel worthy enough without it. The more expensive it is, the more they like it. I have a friend who admits she used to be like that. She was a bit on the heavy side, and thought if she wore large, gaudy, but real jewels, it would detract people’s attention from her size.
God wants you to know you are fine without the decorations. He loves the you on the inside and couldn’t care less about all the trimmings. He isn’t either impressed or intimidated by gold, silver, pearls, diamonds or any other gems you may want to name. Heaven has streets paved with gold… that should tell us something. He uses gold to pave streets like Cornejo uses asphalt. Ponder that for a while…
The Lord looks on the heart, not the wardrobe, jewelry box, or hair salon results. Sometimes, the circumstances in life force us to change our priorities about vanity. I hope you don’t look in the mirror and decide that you’re having a bad hair day, so you won’t leave the house. My goodness, don’t let that stop you. Put on your ball cap and GO! Live as long as you have breath. God loves you so much and has so much to show you – but much of it is outside your house, not inside.
If you really want to meet other people where they are, expensive baubles can hinder you from doing that. Be genuine in your friendship, without pretense, and most people will respond in like. When people put on airs, that’s when they soon learn that friendship can be difficult to gain.
I’m reminded of my favorite British comedy, “Keeping Up Appearances”. Hyacinth is what I refer to as “high maintenance” – but only in the most socially acceptable way, of course.
There are two points to be taken today. The first is, God loves YOU – not what you adorn yourself with. And, He doesn’t want you loving your adornments, or depending on them to define you. He wants you to love HIM above all – and just be your genuine self. You don’t need make-up, jewelry, a fancy hairstyle or designer clothing to do that. 🙂