I read on the internet the other day (and we know it has to be the truth if it's on the internet) that women spend over $60,000 on makeup during their lifetimes. I can tell you that the beauty product industry would go broke if it depended on gals like me, but I've still spent my time in front of the mirror. And then doctors make millions when they inject, cut, and laser away aging and/or perceived imperfections.
A friend of mine had a little girl, maybe five years old, who commented as her mother applied her makeup, "I know why women wear makeup, Mommy. It's to make them look prettier than they really are."
Vanity is a demanding mistress. We buy cleansing creams, wrinkle creams, foundations, cream and powder makeups, eye shadow, mascara, eyebrow pencils, blushes, and who knows what all else, just to look better than we really do.
And yet we hope guys will like us based not on our looks but on our personalities? What's up with us, anyhow? If they don't like us when we aren't wearing makeup, what kind of friends are they?
Any man worth his salt will be looking for a woman who is beautiful inside. A friend will be a friend no matter how well you did our makeup or the doctor's skill with his trade.
If we spent half as much time and money on improving the beauty that glows out from the inside, just think how much better people we'd be. God doesn't look on the outside of us to determine who will go to heaven, does He? All He wants is for us to get to know His son.
Our fascination with looking younger and prettier has to end sometime, but the glow that comes from within (or doesn't) will continue right on into heaven (or somewhere else).