Yesterday I chopped off my hair. It’s not crazy short, but it’s definitely a change for me. I’ve been growing it out for years, and it recently hit stomach length. Yesterday I got it cut to a just-past-the-shoulder-lob style.
My haircut was not theologically motivated, but could it have been? Since the chop, I’ve thought of a few reasons why a drastic haircut could be exactly what God wanted from me.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. -Matthew 6:19-21
How many of us, women especially, put our worth in external appearances? We wake up early to put on makeup and meticulously style our hair, only to do it over 24 hours later. Makeup and hairstyles aren’t destroyed by moths or rust, but they certainly are temporary! Caring about appearance is not inherently bad, but it can become a problem when it becomes your self-worth. I had been growing my hair out for YEARS. Is it possible that I was treasuring my hair instead of treasuring heaven? While this is an exaggeration, it has a note of truth.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. -Matthew 6:24
Replace the word money with whatever you place your value in or idolize:
You cannot serve God and beauty.
You cannot serve God and your toxic relationships.
You cannot serve God and your own feelings.
You cannot serve God and your cultural norms.
You cannot serve God and material possessions.
Every person on this Earth worships something. What will you choose? Personally, I choose to worship God and not beauty, love, money, material possessions, or any other idol. While my hair chop was not intended to be an act of serving God, I am now positive that my hair is not an idol that would separate me from Him.
What do you worship? Is it what you want to spend your life worshipping? Check in with yourself and make a choice today: What needs to get out of the way so that I can follow the path to God?