Lipstick Stains

// October 3 //

Today I did not want to get out of bed. I did not want to go to my 9AM Intro to Creative Writing class, and I did not want to take the test in my 1PM class on Research Methods. I was tired and I just wanted to sleep (who can relate??)

But, remembering that I am the one who paid for these classes, I took the responsibility and got out of bed. I even took the time to put make-up on. After a quick bowl of Apple Jacks for breakfast in the Dining Commons, I strolled down the long hill to my 9AM.

In this class I always have a tendency to be aloof. This is mainly because I am in a creative writing class which requires creative thinking and I am always racking my brain for something clever to write. Today, I was observing the room and my eyes fell upon my favorite “not-your-granddaddies-camping-mug”.

It had a pink lipstick stain on the white lid. Interesting, I thought to myself. Today I muffled up the will power to roll out of bed and put this pretty lipstick on with a cute outfit, but I still relied on the caffeine of my all-time favorite beverage to give me more energy to get through the rest of the day.

It reminded me of my relationship with Jesus. And maybe you can relate to, especially if you are a coffee drinker. I typically always find the strength to get up and make it through the day. Some days I try a little harder and look nicer than others (like putting lipstick on), but there is always one thing that remains, I always have coffee. It’s like a habitual routine: wake up, turn kettle on, take a shower, make coffee in my pour-over, get ready, grab my travel mug on my way out the door.

Well, it reminded me that despite the fact that some days I may look better than others, or may have more energy to get through the day than others, one thing will always remain as my main source of energy: Jesus. Jesus, however, is even better than coffee because He is eternal and the effects of the caffeine from my coffee are finite.

That being said, today I learned to be proud of my lipstick stains on my coffee mug. It reminded me of how much I must rely on Christ to get me through the day. Be proud of your lipstick stains because that means you are trying enough to put lipstick on.

Isaiah 40.29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”.

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