Page 25: What Does Your Canvas Look Like?
I was at Nordstrom buying some makeup I needed before a trip, and I decided to ask the lady who was helping me if she had any recommendations for acne scarring and dark spots. Before I go any further, here's a little backstory.
In March 2018, my skin decided to have a massive breakout, and this was worse than any breakout I had ever had. This breakout turned into cystic acne all over my face. At the time, I had never struggled with acne, ever. Not even during puberty did I struggle with acne (praise the Lord). But that was to change in my mid-twenties. I never fully understood how insecure acne can make one feel until now. I didn't want to leave my house without putting makeup on, I didn't feel comfortable in my skin, and I hated looking at my face. All I could think when people looked at me was how bad my acne was and how distracting it must have been.
Fast forward to a little over a year... my skin began to clear up due to two life-changing products I started to use. But there were still some dark spots and scarring that I wanted to fade.
Back to my Nordstrom experience. I asked the lady for her recommendations, and sure enough, she recommended a product (and it wasn't outrageously expensive, can I get an amen?). As I was paying she said something I'll never forget:
Your skin is your canvas, and when your canvas is clean, whatever you put on it will look good.
Now, she was talking about makeup because we were talking about skin earlier. But I think that it applies to every area of our lives.
Are there things in your life that need cleaning up, a little TLC? Maybe a lie you've chosen to listen to that says you'll never be good enough. Perhaps it's the feeling that you have to earn God's love and forgiveness. Maybe you need to reevaluate your friendships and the influences you're allowing into your life. Perhaps it's deciding to put God first in your finances. Maybe it's putting your phone down and picking up your Bible more. Only you know what it is.
You are your canvas. Think to yourself: Is my spirit healthy? Is my heart healthy? Is my mind healthy? Is my body healthy? When your canvas is clean, whatever it displays will look good. But even if your canvas looks a little dirty, find rest in the fact that God is an expert at taking what is dirty and making it clean. I love what Isaiah 1:18-19 says, "Even though your sins are bright red, they will be as white as snow. Even though they are deep red, they will be white like wool. But you have to be willing to change and obey me. If you are, you will eat the good things that grow on the land."
But notice what it says in that third sentence..."But you have to be willing to change and obey me." We must be willing to change and obey God and what He says. While He doesn't expect us to be perfect, He does ask for our obedience. Our obedience to Him will bring His blessing to our lives.
Maybe you need to start new with your canvas. Good news! God is the God of new and will help you start fresh. I talk about starting fresh in another blog post...you can read it here.
Ask yourself today: What does my canvas look like?
If you're not satisfied with what your canvas looks like, you have the power to change it. Turn to God and let Him help you. He's waiting for you with arms wide open.
Let me encourage you in this: God is an expert at creating something beautiful from the messy-ness of our lives.