Nearly fast as a speeding bullet, my colleague had the accelerator to the floor to make up for a late start on our thirty-some mile commute. Getting to work on time would be close.

Still, while I held on to the dash with white knuckles, I listened to her calm conversation. “Jo, why don’t you wear sunglasses?” Her perfect almond-shaped eyes were hidden behind large dark lenses. “It will keep you from getting wrinkles around your eyes.”

I squinted at her, partly because I see about as well as a mole and partly because of the morning sun. “I think it’s a little too late for that!”

Then I reflected on the decades between us. Me: a middle-aged mom. Her: a slender beauty who could audition for any screen part for Cinderella and make it.

There is fun and hygiene in pedicures, manicures, haircuts, facials, massages, packs, oils and creams. But have we let it take over our thinking and values?

Think of these comments:
“They make a cute couple.”
“He’s tall and handsome.”
“Isn’t it a shame they went to jail? They were so good-looking!”

Would God take part in thoughts like these? What is God’s take on wrinkles and appearance?

The Bible tells us he knows us and sees us on the inside. For example,even though David was a half-grown kid, God told the prophet Samuel to anoint the shepherd boy as king. His father, Jesse, had a nest full of tall, handsome grown sons, but God chose David.

Proverbs 31 is a king’s advice to his son on choosing a wife. “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30 NIV)

So enjoy reducing wrinkles with sunglasses, creams, and facials. But work on keeping down the wrinkles on the inside by being a spiritual woman in your home and your life!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, keep checking  her weekly blog on]

About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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