Blessed – The Makeup Artist’s Pallet

As I sat in the trendy director’s style chair in the well-decorated home of friends, I felt my heart beat a little faster with the anticipation of what was about to happen. When I looked to my left, I gleefully saw all of the tools and products that would soon have me looking picture perfect. I was internally clapping my hands with excitement. When I looked to the right, I saw that her roses were blooming and the perfect amount of daylight shining through her window panes.

When I gazed straight ahead of me I saw my precious friend who loves the Lord as much as me. It was the perfect setup for a perfect morning.

As soon as she began to work on my face, I complained about the way my skin was aging and these crazy bags that found their way around my eyes. This is a natural thing for women to point out their flaws before someone else does. My friend stopped me almost mid-sentence and began to tell me that it hurts her when women tear themselves down and he made all of us different. She went on to explain how she loves applying makeup to women and young ladies who need her services. She loves to see them leave with confidence.

Once she removed the attention from aging concerns and I began to focus on her stories and her love for her profession, all I could think was…she is truly working in her calling. Then we moved on to her family testimony of how God has seen them through difficult times and how he blessed her and her husband to be able to be youth ministers at their church.

She literally lit up when she talked about her youth group and how much fun they have.

One story led to another and it was all centered around God’s goodness, God’s mercy and God’s sense of humor.

As I was leaving her home I bragged on the outdoor seating area behind her house. She did not hesitate to tell me that when they built it they had big plans for big parties and watching ball games but God turned it into a gathering place for the youth group and her family.

After I was gone and on my way to my next destination, I began to thank the Lord for the pallet that he paints our lives with. So many intricate colors and details that are all intertwined and connected. I also thanked him for the opportunities that he provides for me to be able to talk about my faith and the blessings he has bestowed upon me and the girls.

The closer I grow in my faith I realize how God shows up in all of the details of our lives and he wants to be honored in everything we do. He wants to go with us on all of our journeys and be the foundation that we build our lives on. Whether at work or at home.

Whether it is the artist’s pallet, the banker’s office, the grocery store clerks, the teacher’s lesson plans, the attorney’s law book or the janitor’s broom….we all have the opportunity to honor the kingdom of God with our work. Although our professions may not be in the full-time business of baptizing, confirming and preaching, we still have the opportunity to be a light and let people see Jesus in us. There is no profession that he cannot and will not use for his glory.

“Whatever you do, work at it with your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

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