Cosmetics: make-up? Or fake-up?

These days there are gazillions varieties of make-ups, each with their own particular perks and matching prices. Both men and women have a plethora of choice depending on the particular area of insecurity they are attempting to conceal. Some hyper-accentuate for purposes of being better consumed by those around them or rather their target market.

The reality is however that even though we cake our faces with foundation, extend our fake lashes from here to Mexico and frequently fleek our brows like God is a stencil artist, there is no substitute for inner beauty.

I believe that we each were given a unique style of being that makes us attractive to the right people and there is one ultimate product that many of us have probably never thought of in that way. It is still highly useful in making that all important impression on ourselves and society.

It’s not one of the typical brands out there that either puts you at the top of the food chain or pulls you down to the bottom feeder dimension. It won’t be sitting on some fancy shelf unreachable to those with pocket ulcers or stolen by crafty hawkers to resell at a third of its actual price.

Let’s define this look enhancer shall we

Hope is the ultimate weapon of mass attraction. When one is aware of their value, that is, the full extent to which God went to secure one’s salvation despite seeing beneath their beautiful, then one unwittingly glows from spirit lit embers that burst into inviting flames of inspiration each time we are around them (that’s one super useful way to be lit..jussaying).

What is hope? Is it a wishy washy maybe or a kind of unsure optimism? The modern idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.”In Scripture, according to the Hebrew and Greek words translated by the word “hope” and according to the biblical usage, hope is an indication of certainty.

“Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.” Though archaic today in modern terms, hope is akin to trust and a confident expectation.Hope may refer to the activity of hoping, or to the object hoped for—the content of one’s hope. By its very nature, hope stresses two things: (a) futurity, and (b) invisibility. It deals with things we can’t see or haven’t received or both.[]

Wear hope and its fragrance will beautify the world around you

I think I’m onto something with that fragrance bit. Anyway my marketing brilliance aside LOL, I have always wondered why at times people look repulsive? Tthey repel other people just by the expression on their face and their general mannerisms. Let’s not even get started on the stuff that comes out of their mouths. For a time I assumed that they were just Grumpy McGrumpkins and it was better to leave them alone.

However, as I spent more time working my job in an ER I stumbled across hope when I myself was pretty down. You see, I too had this mean looking stay-away-from-me face that I didn’t really know about or accept until I started coming into revelation about some of the behaviours that repelled people from me. I thought maybe it was because I was just ugly and ofcourse having something wrong with me what other response could I expect until I met God.

He gracefully pieced together my angry, hopeless heart and broke down my useless defences. Gave me my hundredth second chance  and somewhere in there I couldn’t help but find myself trusting Him and starting to wish for things I had previously never even allowed my mind to stumble across even by mistake.

The more I began to look forward to better days, the easier it was for me to lighten up literally, facially, in mannerism, posture and speech. I found that I had a deep sense of joy even if things weren’t 100%. I could be present in conversation and this being “here” was facilitated by hope that I wasn’t going to be stuck in misery forever, that instead zvangu zvanga zvichatongoita chete whether I could see the means by which zvanga zvichaita or not.

As I began to put more time into feeding my spirit during night duty when everyone else had gone for errm, cough cough “tea break”, that hope in the messages I was streaming (by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Carl Lentz, Joyce Meyer, Steven Furtick & Joel Osteen) began to live in my thoughts , wake up with me in the mornings and remind me that everything is going to be just fine.

It put a genuine smile on my face that has led people to say a blessing over me just because I smiled that smile at them..Like the other day in the bank I happened to smile at this elderly lady and she blessed me profusely saying that I should keep up that smile. I didn’t sit down with her to say that smile is the glory of God shining through me but somehow she seemed to understand and appreciate it.

I’ve been lit for days..may you be lit too so that you can be a light in a dark place and may you never have to wear unreasonable amounts of fake-up just to feel good about yourself because the One who invented the essence of beauty invented you too..Amen


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