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Monday, January 11, 2010

Put the Scissors Down

I think it began with a Barbie Styling Head.

It was a dream gift, but eventually combing and styling became a bore. I began to snip. I was Vidal Sasson; I was a hairdressing diva. My cosmetology career began and ended at 6.

At 40, growing my bangs out sounded like a wonderful idea. It sounded easy. My hairdresser recently said it was time for a change and long bangs were "hip."

She had me at "hip."

It sounded like a simple plan. All I had to do was wait. It was easy; easy until about 6 weeks into it. Easy until the day I woke up and could no longer take it. With scissors in hand, I became my own "Barbie Styling Head."

I know better. I've been down this road many, many times before. We all know how this ends.

So, I snipped away. Took control of it. The results as you can imagine were not the results I desired. Walking in wearing a baseball cap, I knew that sooner rather than later I was going to have to "fess up" and tell my hairdresser.

"Ms. Kay, I trimmed my own bangs."

"I can tell," she replied, with a sheepish smile on her face.

"Why didn't you just let me do it?" she inquired, snickering.

"I just thought...." It was no use. I just thought what? I'd help her out? No, I should have let her do it in the first place.

How often do I do the same with God?

I try and take control of a situation in my life, you know, "help Him out." I snip, snip, snip at a situation in my life. A situation that clearly does not need my intervention, but rather my surrendering control to the Lord. Just as Ms. Kay shook her head, I imagine that the Lord shakes His head at me, and speaks the same words to me that He spoke to Peter.

"What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14: 31)

I need to leave my hair style to the experts and I need to leave His will in my life to Him. He clearly does not need me taking scissors to my own life, "snipping here and there." The ending is always the same. I come back to the one that I should have gone to in the first place. He needs my submission to His will. He needs me to put down the scissors and have a little faith. You know, actually living the words, "thy will be done."

I'm still learning.

I've hidden the scissors...really well this time.

Join Lori daily at her
personal website,all you have to give, where she resolves this year to NOT pick up the scissors.

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Blogger Denise said...

Be blessed sweetie, love you.

January 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

This is great, Lori. Thanks!

January 11, 2010 at 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've learned that letting God lead had made my life flow so smoothly. I witness joy more often and I love that.

Have a great day!

January 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Charla (SHar-la) said...

This is SO crazy that you would post about this TODAY! Go to www.rcjenkins.blogspot and read the post I just made. Oh my goodness. I have goosebumps! Thanks for sharing!

January 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hide the scissors...what a great idea!

January 11, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Pastor Tarran Carter said...

I remember those barbie heads and I have made terrible mistakes in cutting my own hair.... I quess It's a woman thing. I loved this.

January 12, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Faith Imagined said...

You are speaking about me in this post! It seems like I always want to do things myself without asking others and God for help!

-Alisa Hope

January 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

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