ISABELLE pointed out that in the Bible Jesus washed the disciples' feet, teaching us to be servants to people.
VERONICA gave us Psalm 110, where it says, ". . . I (will) make your enemies a footstool for your feet." She adds, "Just please don't go stand on your little sister because that's not what it means!" (I love that!)
ERIKA asked "Doesn't it say somewhere that Jesus will crush Satan under his heel or something?" Yes, actually, it does.
ANNA brought us "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)
EMILY even did a post about "The dust beneath his feet" on her own blog.
RACHEL found my favorite one -- "Beautiful are the feet that carry the good news." In fact, when I went on a missions trip with a bunch of teen girls once, we called our team "The Beautiful Feet."
As REGAN puts it, "I wonder if God made feet for us to learn something! I think feet are a great way for people to learn more about God!" I agree. In fact, I think anything God made tells us something ABOUT God. Maybe that even includes hairy legs and arm pits . . .
I'm serious. If you haven't started growinghair under your arms, or the hair below your kinees hasn't gotten thicker than it used to be, it will eventually. It's part of that whole puberty thing. Then you'll need to decide whether you want to shave or not. Not everybody does it, you know. In Europe, for instance, it isn't unusual to go to a beach and see plenty of leg and pit hair, and nobody seems to be bothered by it. Here in the U.S. -- I don't know about Canada and Australia and China, so some of you will have to help us with that -- most women remove the hair from their legs and armpits to give themselves a smooth look.
So where does the God part come in? It has to do with that commandment about honoring your father and your mother. There are few coming-of-age issues that cause more battles between mothers and daughters than leg-shaving. Daughters want that sleek look and moms are saying:
* "You're too young. There's plenty of time for that. Don't grow up too fast."
* "Are you SERIOUS? I'm not turning you loose with a razor!"
* "No -- because once you start, the hair that grows back in will be more stubbly, and then you'll HAVE to shave. Just leave it alone for now."
THAT's where God comes in -- because if your mom says no, it stands. You have to honor her wisdom for you, because that's why God gave you parents. Nobody says you have to LIKE it -- but how you handle not agreeing with her is a God-thing, too. Once you've stated your reasons calmly (leaving out "Everybody else is doing it" because that never works), back off. No begging, whining, crying, tantrum-throwing, silent treatment, or door slamming. Just a mature agreement that even though you think she's dead wrong, you're going to go along with her wishes. Here's the good news: she isn't going to make you go hairy forever. Try asking her again in another six months. Meanwhile, trust me, you don't look like a gorilla, even if you feel like one. Keep in mind that everybody else your age is so busy thinking about their own "stuff" they aren't even looking at your legs, hairy or not. Try not to draw attention to your legs by trying to hide them, or pointing out to everybody who even glances your way that you KNOW your legs resemble a gibbon ape, okay? God-confidence is beautiful, no matter what, and even bushy legs can't change that.
There IS the other side of the situation, where your mom says it's time to de-fuzz those armpits and you do NOT want to take the time to do that, or the thought of going after your skin with a razor blade freaks you out. Try to think of it this way: when you go into puberty, your sweat glands become more active and, frankly, those pits can get pretty smelly. The hair growing there (another delightful result of puberty) traps the bacteria that makes that not-very-delicious aroma even less delicious. Shaving your legs is a matter of appearance. Armpits are about hygiene (that is, smelling better than your brother when he comes in from playing baseball).
If you and your mom do agree that it's time to break out the razor and the shaving cream, have her show you how to do it. Then add it to your Beauty Chart under EVERY DAY or WEEKLY -- that's up to you.
If you want to post today, tell us your shaving (or not shaving!) experiences -- or ask any questions you have on the subject. This just about wraps up our series on beauty, although we can continue to discuss the Beautiful You whenever you want. After all, EVERTHING we deal with here on teh blog is about helping you become the gorgeous person you were made to be inside and out, who will love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!
PS -- Heather, will you please email me so I can tell you how to collect your prize? Other winners: don't forget to email me your wish list!