I follow a beauty regimen which involves moisturizer, eye cream, and now a primer to put under my foundation (something I couldn’t recommend highly enough), and more. Day after day, I don’t miss the routine which keeps me looking young for my age. But there are other mirrors I need to be looking in besides my makeup mirror: a full-length mirror to remind me that I’m overweight and, chiefly, scriptures about how to be more like Jesus. Specifically, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13.
No matter how unwrinkled my skin is, what good is it if I’m impatient with grocery store checkers? How lovely is it when I speak harshly to Logan, even if he has been a holy terror? My hormone pills don’t control my irritability when life gets especially stressful, and you know that when momma’s not happy ain’t nobody happy.
In short, I’ve been an ugly lady for a while. Yes, I’ve been in a bit of a pressure-cooker situation; but that’s no excuse. All this time I could have gone through the exact same things with love and grace. What’s been missing? I haven’t been meditating on God’s Truth in an effective way. I also haven’t been praying enough.
So yesterday I started out meditating on the love scriptures. I want to tell you, it was like taking a powerful vitamin supplement! I felt like a different person as my mind was not on myself all day. My thoughts were on others, and love leaked out of me instead of tetchiness.
I think I’ll add something new to my makeup bag. I’ll put these powerful scriptures in a frame or something and put them in front of me. This way, I’ll erase my self-centeredness while I’m erasing signs of age.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.