I stumbled across this photo of me. This little blast from the past reminded me of a time I wore make-up…exactly 1000 years ago.
I was a young Type A girl back then, working one full-time job and trying to hit the commercial acting scene in my spare time. I pulled together a portfolio of photos to sell, well….myself.
-Forget that I had brains and a University degree. I needed “the look”.
Guess what? I didn’t fit the mold.
So… I went back to my executive position. I wrote, I spoke, I worked with people who became my heroes. I settled into living a “normal” life….and discovered an extraordinary one.
This life brought me close to hospital patients, cancer survivors, outstanding health care workers and people of faith who changed my life forever.
-Good thing I didn’t get stuck in all that makeup.
–Fast forward 35 years. This gal’s got a new talent agent. He doesn’t care about the“look.” He didn’t even ask me to audition. He chose me in advance. Pretty cool.
I don’t wear makeup any more. I’ve kind-of given up on it. -Besides, I don’t have a putty knife to apply my under-eye concealer. (Those dark crevices under my eyes have become bottomless in 61 years!)
Unfortunately, once I plop all that “Look younger in seconds” cream and crud on my face, I end up looking like an over-the-hill lady of the night. I don’t think God would approve.
Friends, I’m just gonna be ME here on typeachecklist: wrinkles, laugh lines, eye crevices and all. I earned those lines, folks, and I’m proud of them!
Besides, I think God likes my lines. My lines make me a Titus 2 lady. Titus 2 is the Bible verse which says I’m old and I should get over it and I should give advice to younger women. (Laurie’s paraphrase)
Bottom line: My wrinkles give me the ability to speak to you younger, prettier folks.
You see, I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve painted this. I’ve mascarad that.
So now….I’m old and here’s my advice:
I’m all for looking good, but don’t fuss too much. Your beauty is gonna fade…I guarantee it. Let’s stick with things that don’t wear out.. –Let the years do their stuff and remember God’s guide to beauty:
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. – 1 Peter 3:4