Pedicures Anonymous: Why I Gave It All UpBy
Somewhere along this journey called life we have become consumed with vanity. We ask our physicians for medication to thicken our eye lashes (Latisse) when we should ask God for the spiritual remedy to the ailment in our souls.
It seems as if image and fashion have replaced integrity and faith. Don’t get me wrong, image and fashion has its place in my life, however, it is not who I am nor does it represent what I’m about.
A few years ago I had the privilege of talking with a representative of Soles4Souls and
the conversation had a huge impact on my life. It also caused me to realize I not only take things for granted but that I also had a “vanity” stain on my heart.
I learned that the money I spend on a pedicure is enough to buy a house in some parts of Africa! As you can imagine the tears began to roll. In my corner of the world flip-flops and pedicures are like milk and Oreos, you can’t have one without the other. I vowed that day that I’d never get another pedicure again and I’ve been true to my promise. Also, I can’t justify (to my Lord) getting French tipped toes while the needs of His people aren’t being met, especially if I’m in a position to help. How is that pleasing in His sight?
For me this is a spiritual reality check. Sometimes they hurt, but most times there is a lesson to be learned. I am often reminded of this story when I look at my feet and think, “I need a pedicure.” Each time I put on shoes, I think of the many children (that Soles4Souls help) who don’t have any shoes. When I complain at times about how often my children need another pair of shoes because they’ve outgrown a pair, I stop and thank God that my husband and I are able to purchase them another pair. I can’t imagine the feelings of the parents who are not able to buy shoes for their children and the many other necessities their family need because poverty has snatched it away. It’s an eye-opening experience when God Himself gives you a wake-up call.
Please don’t misunderstand and think that I’m trying to condemn you for getting pedicures, that’s not my intent. I only want to share with you one of many experiences that has touched my heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Takiela Bynum is a speaker and author who has lived through unimaginable abuse, growing up in a single parent home, and becoming a teen mother. In God’s good and pefect ways, Takiela has the experience necessary to connect with youth on a deeper level. The Lord exchanged the ashes of her life for His beauty, indeed. You can find more info about Takiela on her site, TakielaBynum.com.