Good day beautiful people,
I hope that today’s message meets you well? Today I’ll be blogging about ‘HAIR’. Hair can play a major role in the way a person expresses themselves, because there is so much one can do with it! You can dye it, cut it, curl it, straighten it, braid it, grow it down to your knees etc. Also many would say a women’s beauty is in her hair. Mane talk can be a very sensitive topic, because individuals may encounter issues with caring for their tresses, also certain illnesses can cause hair fall, which is why I desire to express that you are MORE than the wool on your head!
Luke 12:23 ~ For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.
I recall a time where I had family over to visit from Nigeria. Unfortunately a family friend got ringworm during his stay with us, and my auntie stated ‘it’d be serious if my sister or her daughter (my cousin) contracted the infection’. And I retorted what about me? And she proceeded to say something along the lines of, because they have long hair it’d be tragic…… But what about me, and my hair? Although short, my hair is still beautiful, and my scalp precious. It was comments like this, that moved me to a position to try to grow my hair by all means possible.
Now there’s nothing wrong with desiring to have healthy hair, but problems arise when you allow anything to take God’s place in your life! I spent SO MUCH of my time watching 100s of YouTube videos on hair, I also spent a lot of money on endless amounts of hair products, many of which ended up unused. Thoughts about hair/hair growth consumed my mind, I thrived off of comments relating to how nice my hair looked. My hair was my idol, it took God’s place in my life. I personally believe that in my case idol worship stemmed from insecurity (lost identity). I had to prove/validate my very being through growing my hair long.
Jonah 2:8 ~ Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
So what is an idol?: Something which we hold in high regard (you place above God), which dictates your way of life, it posses you.
Leviticus 19:4 ~ Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the Lord your God.
The negative impact of idolising my hair
Psalm 16:4 ~ Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods….
⁃ Loss of finances: As mentioned earlier I spent a lot of money on multiple hair products, I was a product junkie. And I never managed to use up all the items I purchased, many gathered dust and had to be thrown away. I wasted money which could have been saved. I low-key became a hoarder.
⁃ Loss of time/life: I wasted SO much time watching numerous videos on YouTube, and surfing the web. The time which I misused could have been invested into more meaningful/beneficial activities.
⁃ A hindered relationship with God: When your mind is preoccupied with something else all of the time, it’s hard to effectively communicate with God. That ‘thing’ becomes a hinderance/distraction!
⁃ Loss of identity: As soon as you lose sight of who you are, confusion sets in! My worth is not determined by what I have, or do not have, but is determined by God.
⁃ Mood swings (loss of true joy): I used to get very irritable if my hair didn’t ‘behave’ (look the way I wanted it to). Usually when we place so much value on something or someone other than God, we will experience GREAT disappointment. Why? Because only God never fails, in life people will let us down, we’ll experience loss, and missed opportunities, but God is forever faithful.
1 Chronicles 28:20 ~ Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you”….
The question I’d like to leave you with today is, ‘where does your identity lie’? I’d also like to encourage you not to continually chase after the worlds unattainable standards of beauty! You’re more than your sex, and your race (heritage), first and foremost you’re a human-being made in the image of God. Stay strong and God bless.
Galatians 4: 6-9 ~ “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?”
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart