Last month I heard an advertisement about a cosmetic company creating a new product that will support an issue that goes against what the Bible says. This is a company that I buy several of my make-up items from. I was disappointed to hear this news, but beyond that I felt that the Lord was asking me to “clean out”.
I don’t research who gives money to which organizations, maybe I should, but this new information was staring me in the face and I could not ignore it. I knew that I could no longer spend my money with this company now that I had the knowledge that they support something unbiblical.
I wrested with this information, because I DID NOT want to give up these products that work so well for me, but I knew that it was not about what I wanted to do, but what I was needing to do.
A day arrived where I found myself with free time on my hands. I planned to go to the mall to find some replacement items for the cosmetics I will no longer use. I spent the day googling make-up companies trying to figure out who supports what. It was much harder than I thought! Looking up several companies, I could not find the information I was seeking.
Here’s where I will let you in on another part of this story. When I initially felt the conviction to clean out this area, I also felt that I was to be bold and walk up to make-up counters to ask who or what they support. NO WAY! I was not about to be the “weird” lady walking around asking these questions.
But, as I did my best to gather this information quietly, privately, and anonymously through the safety of my computer, I could not find what I needed. Sigh…
I had no choice, unless I wanted to ignore this conviction or stop wearing make-up. It was time to pull on my big girl pants. I arrived at the mall and stood in line at a cosmetic counter that carries one of my current products.
As my turn arrived, I wimped out and asked, “Can I get eye liner?” She smiled and before she could grab my eye liner I awkwardly blurted out, “I know this is an unusual request, but do you know what your company supports?” She gave me a blank look so I continued, “I mean, who do you give your money to?” As I stood there waiting for a response she told me the organization they support. Breathing a sigh of relief I realized it was a group I could also support.
I thought I was good. That wasn’t too painful. But, then she politely inquired, “Why are you asking?”
Here we go….”Well….I buy several of my products from another company, but they just came out with a campaign that goes against what the Bible teaches and I can no longer spend my money there.” So there it was, out in the open for her judgement, opinions, or comments.
But, I had peace because I knew this was a part of my journey to “clean out”.
It’s not always easy to follow the Lord’s prompting. In this case it took all of the bravery and boldness I could summon, but at the end of the day I am living to please an audience of one. The older I get the more I realize that I can’t be consumed with what others think of me. I’ve often struggled with people pleasing, making decisions based on others’ approval or trying to conform to fit in, but I want to be different. I want to be transformed by the One who is able to do this.
Romans 12:2 says…
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I know that all of you may not be rushing out to interrogate the local cosmetic counters, :)but I do hope you’ll consider standing for Christ and not being ashamed to do so in the areas He is asking you to be different.
Is He urging you to do some cleaning out? Are there areas that you’ve been living compromised knowing that He is calling you to be set apart? Have convictions been placed on your heart that you have ignored?
This is just one example of an area that I needed to clean out, but for this one illustration there are many others that I grapple with. The thing is, the more time I spend with my Heavenly Father, the more clearly I see where I am compromising. I have many areas that need a good spring cleaning, and I am confident that the Lord will help me along the way.
I taught this song from my childhood to my kids a few months back and for several weeks in a row we say it every day. Read these powerful words, grasp ahold of them, and believe them!
Be bold! (Be bold!)
Be strong! (Be strong!)
For the Lord thy God is with Thee.
I am not afraid. No! No! No!
I am not dismayed.
Cause I’m walking in faith and victory,
C’mon and walk in faith and victory,
For the Lord, thy God is with thee.
(Based on Joshua 1:9)
The Lord is with you.
And He is all you need.