First, I have to start this post with a big THANK YOU! It’s November 11, 2014 – Veteran’s Day. A day set aside to honor all veterans, of all wars and of peacetime, and thank them for their service. It’s because of them that we freely speak our mind in public, on paper, and on the web. It’s because of them that we worship where, when and how we choose. And it’s because of them that we move freely about our lives. So please – thank a veteran today. And tomorrow. Thank every vet you encounter this week, whether you know them or not. They’ll appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
It’s also FaceMe Day. Not quite as well-known as Veterans Day – probably because it’s brand new! But in a funny way, it’s related to Veterans Day. Our vets have allowed us the freedom to be who we are – to live, work, play, worship how we want in America.
To BE who God made us to be.
Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Have you considered praising God for how He made you? Can’t say I do that very often (if ever). If God’s works are wonderful, and I’m one of His works, then…I’m wonderful? What an amazing, and unbelievable, thought. It’s easy for me to see that YOU are amazing, to see your fabulous qualities, to praise God for who He made you to be. But not so easy to see that in myself.
And I know it’s not just me. Somehow we’ve allowed the world to dictate to us what’s worthwhile and what’s not. What’s beautiful and what’s not. Acceptable, praise-worthy, perfect…and not. And since our faces aren’t in magazines, and we’re not famous, and we don’t look like air brushed people, it’s easy to think we fall short.
All of us on the FaceMe blog tour are sharing a photo of ourselves as we are naturally – no makeup, no touch-ups (and in my case, not even glasses!). Just as God made us. For some, this is a really scary step. As if just being who we are naturally isn’t good enough. And that’s sooo wrong.
God created us (get this) WITHOUT MAKEUP! We didn’t come accessorized to look better. Now there’s a concept. We were handmade by God. We weren’t rolled out on an assembly line. We aren’t copies of the same mold. We aren’t supposed to look the same. He handcrafted you, and me, and the man next to you on the bus, and the woman in front of you at the grocery store to be different. The tall one, the short one, every color, shape, and size.
Isn’t that a much better way to see the world? Through the eyes of the Creator, who takes the time to painstakingly craft each and every person in His image yet with unique qualities and characteristics. Just think how that could change our interactions with the people we encounter every day. Do I hear an amen?
Here is an amazing video that may bring this whole idea home for all of us. Entitled Because Who is Perfect, it shows beauty in an unexpected way. Their expressions are priceless when they see themselves through the artist’s eyes.
Despite our physical stature, whether we’re wearing makeup or not, if we have a full head of hair or not a single hair – we’re perfect in God’s eyes. Each one of us can look in the mirror today and declare, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you, God, for making me who I am.”
The TRUTH is that you are the Beloved, someone worth the love and attention of the Creator, someone worth dying for. The TRUTH is that Jesus died for you because He loves you just the way you are, the way He created you. And that truth trumps everything – Hollywood, advertising, other people’s unwarranted opinions, even your opinion.
The truth is that you and I are God’s workmanship, and His workmanship is good. It’s perfect, actually. Woo hoo!
So here’s the challenge – I’ve shared a make-up less photo on my Facebook page. Are you brave enough to share one of you on your FB page? Remember – you truly are God’s workmanship. It’s time to celebrate that!
Check out what these bloggers have to say on this topic, and let’s get this movement going!!
Nick Kording: http://nickkording.com/thoughts/
Lindsay Harrel: http://www.lindsayharrel.com
Joseph Courtemanche: http://www.commotioninthepews.com
Gabrielle Meyer: http://www.gabriellemeyer.com
Jaime Wright: http://coffeecupsandcamisoles.blogspot.com
Carrie Wisehart: http://www.carriewisehart.com
Emilie Anne Hendryx: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com
Andrea ‘Dia’ Nell: http://andrea-michelle-wood.blogspot.com/
Sarah Baker: http://godbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/?m=1
Kristy Cambron: http://www.kristycambron.com
Rachel Britz: http://www.rachelbritz.com
Cara Putman: http://www.caraputman.com
Laurie Tomlinson: http://www.laurietomlinson.com