My hair had been badly damaged by too much manipulations and I was going to let it breathe. My then volunteer assistant Opeoluwa had to listen to all my concerns; “I really want to stop the relaxer but I lack guts”, “I would look way too young in my natural hair”, “How would I manage it”…
After many years of contemplations, uncertainties and indecision I finally made up my mind a little over two years ago that I was not going to have any more relaxer in my hair.
After I cut off the relaxed ends about a year after I stopped relaxing, I started hearing stuff like;
“Oh it’s in vogue now!”
“Ooo, you’ve joined the bandwagon”
“You have joined the naturalistas.”
Where I am headed?
Well, I read something in Leviticus 18:3 AMP
“Say to the Israelites, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as was done in the land of Egypt in which you dwelt, nor shall you do as is done in the land of Canaan to which I am bringing you; neither shall you walk in their statutes.”
God has not called us to blend in to the trends of this world; where we live, where we work, the people we meet, the latest words, dressings, ways of doing things and all of that.
God has called us out of this world while we still live in it. If we try to blend in; talk like the world, use their choice of words, listen to, sing and dance to their kind of music and go to the places they go, we will end up stepping out of line.
God wants us to live according to His command no matter where we find ourselves. Our citizenship is of heaven and His laws override any and every other law. Whatever we do against His word is displeasing to Him.
God’s word is our law despite the laws that govern where we are per time.
You shall do My ordinances and keep My statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 18:4 AMP
Is God, Jehovah your Lord?
Then His word should rule you every time, every day and every where. No matter how pleasurable the ways of the world may be, the end of it is destruction. The world has nothing good to offer anyone, it is full of lusts; lusts of the eye and the flesh, and pride.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever. 1 John 2:16-17 AMP
The pull from the world gets stronger by day and it takes God, a lot of wisdom and a lot of standing your ground to resist the pull.
It is a higher calling, a higher responsibility, that brings us blessings and peace in troubled times knowing that as long as we are at peace with God, our lives and secured and all external storms will pass.
Are you being different?
Do you resist the pull?
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