My mom has always insisted that lipstick is a girl's best friend. According to the experts (and my mom), people pay more attention to
what you're saying when your lips are carefully painted a pleasing and
vibrant color. My mom wanted her 5th grade students to pay attention to
her, so she always had on her lipstick. I want people to listen to me,
too, so I try to wear a little color on my lips.
on the prowl for the perfect shade of lipstick, I have way more tubes
of the stuff than a girl should. A few years ago I was at one of those
brunches we girls like to go to and I'd been admiring the cute little
centerpiece decorating the table. It was one of those
simple but lovely arrangements you look at and say, "I could make that," but
you never do.
At the end of the brunch, the hostess asked all the women to look through their purses and
pull out all their lipsticks.
You know where this is going don't you?
Well, I pulled lipstick after lipstick after lipstick out of my purse.
The women around me were amazed. And the sad thing is, I'd just cleaned
my purse out so I really didn't have as many tubes as I sometimes do.
But I handily had the most.
And then the hostess
announced that whoever had the most tubes of lipstick at each table
could take that cute little centerpiece home with them.
My commitment to wearing lipstick had won me a dandy little springtime bouquet, just in time for
have known that following my mom's instructions to keep my lips painted could one
day result in me winning not just the attention of those I'm speaking
to, but a centerpiece to boot?
that's how good advice works.
When we take good advice and apply it
diligently, the benefits are often multiplied beyond our expectations.
"You shall walk in all the way
which the Lord your God has commanded you,
that you may live, and
that it may be well with you, and
that you may prolong your days
in the land which you shall possess."
are the words God gave Moses to pass on to His people just after giving
them the 10 commandments. Notice God left the benefits of obeying
Him wide open. He simply said things would "be well with you" if they
Sometimes we forget that the
consequences of our actions have a ripple effect. In fact, I've heard that a parent's behavior and way of "doing life"
plays out in that parent's descendants' lives for an average of four
generations. Amazingly (or not so amazingly) that sociological "finding"
matches up with what God says in the Bible too! That means your
consistent wise choices can potentially cause things to "be well" for
your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even
My mom told me to wear
lipstick and I generally do. For what it's worth, I'll pass that same
advice down to my daughter (although her perfectly cherry "Angelina Jolie
lips" don't really need any help!) and she'll probably be more likely to
follow suit simply because she's seen me apply lipstick most every day
of her life. The lipstick will come in handy with the stage career she
is planning, but it might win her a door prize too if she's lucky.
Still, I can't say life will necessarily "be well with her" just because
she pauses to color her lips.
But the results of
following God's directions in the Bible? Multitudinous! Life will
definitely be well. Not always perfect, but well. And who knows just
what that may mean in any given life? God's left the definition of a
life gone well wide open for a reason.
It may mean good health.
mean long life.
It may mean wonderful friendships, lots of travel,
food, peaceful sleep, precious memories,
effective ministry, a godly
or a blessed family life.
It may mean you do the right thing because you feel it's good advice and you end up getting way more than you bargained for...
How has obeying God's Word proved to be a ripple effect blessing in your life? Have you recently realized an unexpected blessing because you've consistently obeyed one of God's commands? Won't you share that with us today?
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