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(Okay, ladies, we’re gonna get real today. I hope you don’t think less of me in the morning!)

I was almost late for church this past Sunday morning. It wasn’t because I’d overslept. It wasn’t because I’d had car trouble. And it certainly wasn’t because I had forgotten what day it was.

Nope. The reason I was almost late was because I took a closer look.

It’s common knowledge that once we reach a certain age, things just aren’t as clear as they used to be. That can be a good thing. The inability to see up close allows us to be unaware of things that don’t really matter, like the number of wrinkles and gray hairs we have.

But it can be a bad thing, too. It could make us unaware of things that DO matter—like…ahem…nose hair.

Yes—I admit it. I occasionally have nose hair that needs to be taken care of. And once I focused a magnifier on my face, I noticed a few other things that were hiding front and center on my face.

How long had it been since I’d plucked my eyebrows? From the looks of things, it’d been quite a while. Then my gaze dropped to my chin and I was reminded of the lone whisker that had repeatedly taken up residence there.

It was not a pretty sight.

Let’s face it, not many women look good with a bushy nose, a unibrow and chin hair! I didn’t even look like myself.

Until that moment I was doing just fine being in the dark about such things. But once I became aware of them, I just couldn’t go to church and share my unwelcome hair growth with my church family.

That meant I had to stop and take the time to clean my face of the unwanted intruders.

Sin is often like that.

I can go along, completely unaware of the darkness that had taken residence in my heart. I can move from moment to moment, handling all the details of life, while unknowingly sharing my darkness with others.

It’s not a pretty sight.

It’s obvious I need to challenge myself to frequent heart inspections—with a magnifying glass of God’s Word. By doing so, I quickly recognize the sin in my life and become aware of things that aren’t pleasing to the Father. Things that need to be removed.

So I challenge you to grab the tweezers and magnifying glass and search your own hearts. And then pluck away.

That’s how we can look like Him.

And we’ll be beautiful sights to behold.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Grace and peace,


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