Some women that I hang out with online have started a new trend. Our roles are typically seen as conservative, so our trend is... refreshing. Scary. And downright gorgeous.
These women--pastors, leaders, mothers, executives, peace-keepers, movers and shakers--keep stepping up, one by one, to reach out of their comfort zone.
Many of us have uttered the words, "I've never done this before..." Often, those words are preceded by one amazing feat--red lipstick.
I know. You're thinking, "Emily. This post is about MAKEUP?"
Seriously, keep reading.
I wear chapstick every day. That's mostly the extent of my lip color (i.e. there IS no color). When this discussion about wearing red lipstick started, my first thought was, "Um, I could NEVER get away with that." But I kept seeing pictures of the most beautiful, brave women. Red lips out there, speaking words with confidence and grace.
Finally, I thought I needed to try it. I wanted to be brave. Because wearing my chapstick is NOT brave. Wearing my chapstick hides me, helps me blend in. Having red lips makes me stand out--or at least feel like I'm standing out. And while I want to stand out in many ways (I love the spotlight!), my lips were never a way I wanted to do that!
Monday night, I went to Ulta. (That's a makeup store. I live 5 minutes from it, it's HUGE, and I'd seriously never heard of it before.) I got some help from a girl there and went home with 3 lip colors and a lip liner. The next morning, I wore red lipstick to a minister's breakfast.
But no one kicked me out. No one took away my credentials. No one called me a hooker.
I sat there, singing and praying, and listening to what God was doing, and I felt grateful. Strangely enough, in that bravery, fighting back the fear of what others would think of me, I felt like I was more the woman that God had created me to be. Bold. Fearless (or at least able to conquer fear). Brave.
Joshua 1:9 tells us to "be strong and courageous." No, Joshua was not talking about wearing red lipstick. But... I felt that way when I put it on. I know that red lipstick doesn't cause the Lord to go with me wherever I go, but my insecurity meant that I had to put 100% of my worth, value, everything on HIM, not on me. And that's a LOT scarier than smearing a little NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice on my mouth.
If you don't normally wear red lipstick (and you're a woman!), go find a shade that fits you and try it. If you do, or you're a guy, try something else that brings you out of your comfort zone. You'll quickly realize just how much you need to depend on Jesus to breathe calmly when you wonder if other people are judging you, concerned about you, or... don't even care about the change. Join the #redlipnation!