I stand staring intently at Maybelline 24 hour lipstick #147 in the Walmart cosmetics aisle. I love the cosmetic’s department at any store. Ulta, Sephora or Walmart. It’s my Happy Place. This lipstick is such a pretty neutral shade. It’s a must-have in my collection of Taylor-worthy lipsticks. I think I am the know-it-all queen of the lipsticks, after all I own more than any one person should have. I rationalize the purchase. I really could use it, it’s a wonderful shade of neutral, my pale purple lips need color 24 hours and this long wearing lipstick fits the bill! I have had my lips tattooed 5 times trying to achieve the perfect shade of lips. Each time more color was released and now without lipstick I look rather deceased. They are a perfect shade of light purple-blue. I want to count my lipsticks, but every time I get up to about 35 I decide to save it for another day. Its an obsession. It’s an addictive compulsive personality. It feeds my inner wish for Angelina Jolie lips...and so you can imagine the thrill of the Buy one get one deals! I wonder if in Biblical days they said “Martha, why can’t you be more like Mary and quit hoarding all the lip color” or “Delilah do you really need one more shade of crimson red mica? When is enough enough??!”
It says in the Bible to be content with what we have. Maybe you don’t own a bushel of lip color, maybe you don’t even buy an item excessively. The Hebrew Bible uses the word “enough” and the NIV translates it to “plenty”. Philippians 4:10-13 ESV says : I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I
know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy wrote about a Russian farmer who was never content with what he owned. He always wanted just a little more land. He heard about an offer that really excited him—for a thousand rubles you could own all of the land you could walk around in a day.He paid his thousand rubles and set out early in the morning. He kept walking for he surely wanted to include as much as possible. But he became aware that he had walked so far that it would be difficult to get back to his starting point before dark, so he quickened his pace. As the sun began to set, he began to run with all that was within him. Just as darkness came, he reached his starting point. But as he reached the starting point, he collapsed, and began to hemorrhage from the mouth. He was soon dead. His servant dug a grave and buried him right where he died. The title to the story was “How much land does a man need?” In his conclusion he wrote, “six feet from his head to his heels was all he needed.” Greed is surely a destroyer of life and everything that is good.
Even unsaved people can achieve a measure of happiness when their lives are filled with material things. It is a mistake for us to believe that all of our unsaved friends are unhappy people. Material things have the power to produce a measure of contentment within.
This can make for a difficult task, to convince those who who think have enough that they actually need God. So enough can be too much, it might be better to have nothing if you would more easily recognize your need for God. Contentment can be just as dangerous if you become content in your Life without God. I want to be THANKFUL for all the blessings that God has bestowed upon me and be content with what I have.
Dear Lord please help me to pass by the lipstick counter, the shower curtain and panties aisle (oh yeah those too!) without feeling the need to fill my void with material items. I am content with the blessings that you have given me Lord, and I am thankful for them all. Thank you, Lord for watching over me daily, wrapping your loving arms around me for comfort and giving me Joy. In Jesus name, Amen
I am vowing to only purchase Maybelline #147 when I actually run out of lipstick and stop wishing for Angelina Jolie lips.
Matthew 6:21 ~ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:15 _________________________________________________
1John 2:15 ~ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.