Lip Service

Oh, the pressures that a lip-conscious gal has to deal with! First of all, you have to have lipstick in shades to match every outfit. On top of that, for some reason no one really understands, all those colors are required to have names that make you feel really ridiculous. Like "Passion Perky Pink," "Vixen Tart Wine," "Mysteriously Misty Mauve"--you have to hide the label while you're putting them on. I mean, as a pastor's wife, I just can't afford to get caught rubbing "Vixen Tart Wine" on my lips, even if it is the only shade that goes with my purple suit.

On top of it all, you have to be careful that you never pull out the wrong thing to put on your lips. A friend of mine reached into her purse for her Chapstick and accidentally grabbed her GLUE STICK instead. I don't want to embarrass her so I can't tell much about it; my lips are sealed. But for the record, so were hers. It puts a whole new spin on SWAK, doesn't it?

God gives us lip instruction that doesn't involve color. Or glue. These lips were made for praising him and for building up the people he loves. Psalm 34:1 says, "I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him" (GWT). When we're using our lips in the right way, it's really the very best 'lip service"--whether you're bare-lipped or covered with Passion Perky Pink.

Rhonda Rhea

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