Today I have a special post from one of my favorite people in the entire universe. My younger sister, Brooke, is a senior in high school. She recently participated in a makeup fast for AN ENTIRE MONTH. Courtesy of Rave Ministries, Brooke joined a movement of girls and women across the country who vowed to go without makeup for the month of November.
Brooke has always loved her makeup, so this isn’t a knock to makeup love. We still both enjoy getting glitzy and dolled up, but this month changed both of us, and I didn’t even participate. (I’ll have an update on my illness soon. Stay tuned.) Below she’s written about her experience with fasting from makeup. We hope you are encouraged to find the beauty God gave you.
When I heard about a Rave Ministries fast called No Makeup November (NMN), I was curious but convinced I would not join. There was absolutely no way I would go without makeup for thirty days while going to school. I was confident in myself to a point, but still extremely insecure. I wanted some sort of approval from people who were just as insecure as I was.
No Makeup November is a fast from makeup to find the beauty God has given instead of the beauty society has decided.
The day before NMN began I was at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee for the weekend. I talked to a couple girls there participating and I was still refusing to participate in this fast. Part of me was saying, “That’s great for you but it’s just not for me,” but the other part was feeling called to do this fast. I spent the next twelve hours or so in prayer, the type of prayer that is self-searching and a constant internal flow of conversation through the Holy Spirit to God.
On the morning of November first, I knew I was being called to fast from my makeup for a month. I was still at Lipscomb, and without a thought I got up and put my makeup in my suitcase instead of on my face. Today was the day that my strength was going to overrule my insecurities. I was going to fast from makeup for thirty days.
Six days later was the first day of school during this fast. After I came home from school I reflected on my day and it was a completely eye opening and freeing experience within the darkness of high school. As soon as I arrived to school I felt free. I was free to be my own person; which was a completely new feeling walking through the halls of my school. Simply not wearing makeup quickly separated me from the groups and cliques of people I’ve grown up trying to please. Many people did not give me the time of day. It was like I was invisible to them for the first time in my life. I was more confident in being myself as an individual and the person God created me to be.
It was as if makeup had been a wall between who God created me to be, and the side of me longing for worldly approval. Now, I’m not saying makeup is a bad thing because I do like to get prettied up. I’m saying everything that weighs so heavily on makeup is what I was trying to fast from: our slanted self image, our true raw self being covered, our confidence found in makeup, and the twisted definition of beauty this world has created makeup to hold.
A few of my close friends decided to do No Makeup November with me and it has been amazing talking to them about how God worked and moved in their lives this past month. One of my friends sent me this quote:
“Stop compromising who you are to fit in a world you were never made to fit into.” –Lecrae
It hit home. Now that quote is our saying for when we are focusing too much on the expectations of man and forgetting to find our hope in the Lord.
I have always been myself. But without makeup I had nothing to cover up my “flaws” for the world. Without makeup I was able to let God in more.
Through this process one verse really stuck out to me.
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me, He is my helper. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” – Psalm 118:5-8.
God comforted me and set me free from many of my insecurities this month.
Nothing here will ever satisfy me or fill me like I was created to need. Only God can fill us because we were created to depend on Him for strength and comfort. In a place where the beauty of God is taken for granted and greatly over looked, now I am finally seeing that there is something so much greater out there when we step out of our little box of life.
Thanks for sharing some wise words, Brooke. Love you!
By coincidence, one of my friends (author Kelsey Macke) made a vlog about being confident with or without makeup. She made the video in response to a youtube craze where kids were posting videos asking youtube, “Am I pretty or ugly?”
Her video ties in nicely with this post, so if you have a few minutes, I believe every young girl (and guy for that matter) should take the 6 minutes and 37 seconds to watch. And check out author Kelsey Macke on twitter too!