Homemade Highlights

For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,

and her speech is smoother than oil,

but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword

Proverbs 5:3-4

 

Most things are better as they’re planned than when they’re played out. This means that a bad idea is going to turn out even worse when you put it into action. I got to see this principle lived out this past winter when a friend and I decided to highlight our own hair in our college dorm. We headed to Walmart and based our decision on which hair dye to buy by which one was on sale (mistake #1), then we very briefly skimmed the instructions (mistake #2), then we each applied the hair dye sloppily to our own hair (mistake #3). When we looked on the box we were like “wow this looks pretty sweet, I bet my hair will look cool when it looks like that.” However, we certainly did not get what we were promised by that box. We got splotchy streaky orangish hair that looked like a complete mess. As we look at the things of the world–represented by the adulterous woman in this passage– we have to remember that they’re never going to live up to their promises. Wealth, power, popularity, relationships or anything this world offers against God’s design will never bring prosperity that lasts. This passage implores us to hold on to wisdom and godly discernment, and not give in the false promises of the world because they never live up their promises. (Also side note, never dye your own hair if you don’t know what you’re doing. I promise you’ll regret it.)

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