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1/13/2018 12:11:00 AM
Who Would'a Thunk Beauty Stunk?

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

As a parent I have done some embarrassing things for (and probably “to”) my children. When my children were small they didn’t mind to be seen with me in public, but the teenage years came, and with adolescence came a self-awareness that parents were not to be seen or heard in public.

Children can overlook the years of sacrifice and love on part of the parents. Children seem to think that everything they have has mysteriously appeared, without any effort on the part of the parent. After the teenage years and into the early 20’s, children become more aware of their parents, and the small contribution they probably made to their upbringing. It is at this point the child will unashamedly integrate back into the family circle and even invite the parents to participate in their lives. This was the case that happened to me a few weeks ago.

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When my daughter attended community college and was about to complete her course work for a degree in cosmetology, she asked me for a favor. To receive a degree in this field, she had to perform a certain number of haircuts, perms, colors, etc… to make sure she knew what she was doing before being hired by a salon.

My daughter had finished all her prerequisites and needed only one more “perm” to have that part of the class work completed. This is where the, “favor,” took place. She asked me if I would volunteer. I asked her, “What exactly is a ‘perm’?” and she told me it was basically getting your hair curled. I was in need of a haircut, but if getting a “perm” helped my daughter, I would willingly participate.

When I arrived at her school she promptly placed me at her station and began the process. I asked her when she began how long this “perm” was going to take, and she told me about 20 minutes. I didn’t mind getting curlers put in my hair, because she had done this to me when she was a child and I would play along with her like any good daddy would do.

When she placed the last curler in my hair she took out a cotton string and began wrapping it around my scalp. I asked her what the string was for and she told me it was to keep the “odor” out of my eyes. Odor, what odor? I thought I was getting my hair curled with some curlers, nobody told me anything about a liquid that smelled so bad it would make your hair curl! I’m not afraid of some change every now and then, but I don’t want to smell bad, not even for my daughter.

I didn’t want to hurt her feelings but I told myself when I got home I would wash my hair with kerosene until I got that smell off my scalp. Then she told me I couldn’t wash my hair for at least 24 hours or the curl would not stay in. Now I was in the horns of a dilemma. Do I go home and wash my hair and ruin the “perm” or do I ride it out and leave the smell and chance looking like my Mother’s poodle, Pierre (may he rest in peace), who also went to a salon from time to time to get his hair fixed up. What was I going to do?

I decided to choose love, and left the smell of sulfur and curl of Shirley Temple in my hair to face the grins and smirks of the jealous people of the world. What would you do for love? The biggest mistake some people make about love is to believe that it is always easy, but that is not the case.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 8 says, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up: does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil…Love never fails.” In the name of Jesus, what have you done in the name of love today?

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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