I’m wondering what I should do with this money I didn’t expect to get
for my birthday. I have always dreamed of going to the spa and spoiling
myself for a day, but then I see these commercials about feeding hungry
children and I feel like I’m wrong to want to treat myself to something
nice. What’s a girl to do?
Heather, the hedonistic spa dreamer
Something tells me Mother
Theresa never had a spa treatment. But Queen Esther had a year’s worth
before she was presented to the king. So naturally, it begs the
question, how hedonistic is a spa treatment for the Christian girl?
Maybe you’ve never pondered such
a question as this, and wow, I’m so sorry for you. Truly, I think it’s
hard to think about the problems in the world, how they feel so
insurmountable, and want to go and treat yourself to luxury. But maybe
you’re like me, and the verse, Psalm 46:10 is not easy for you. It’s
difficult to be still and know that He is God. Maybe you need to
schedule that time. Not your morning prayer time, but special time,
where you just listen for Him. For His gentle calling. Maybe it’s me,
but I find there’s a special line directly to the spa.
Scheduling a spa treatment
requires you to do something nice for yourself. Something healthy. You
don’t have to spend money, grab some girlfriends and do a pedicure
party – a feet washing ceremony for today’s peep-toe wearing girl. But
if you can afford it, schedule some time at the local spa, or treat a
friend because slowing down the world can be the greatest gift of all.
In this noisy world, it is so
hard to block out the still, quiet voice of our conscience and the
Lord’s will for our life. I don’t think it’s wrong to value yourself
and take care of your temple. Remember, it is not money that’s a
problem for us, it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil.
Value others more highly than yourselves, but value yourself as well.
Would God have allowed the “Song
of Solomon” to be in the Bible, if being beautiful weren’t a core
desire for us all? Feeling good builds confidence and helps us be
better friends/wives/mothers. When you’re feeling run down and out of
energy, slow down and pamper
yourself. Let God speak to you and remind
you softly that you are wonderfully and beautifully created.
Disconnect from this wired,
iPhone, Blackberry-crazy world and treat yourself. Spa optional.
P.S. Due to my
popularity and Big Buddha schedule, I’m unable to keep my advice column
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The Trophy Wives Club,
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Back to Life,
Avon Inspire, September 2008
Beneath the Surface,
Tyndale House Publishers, Fall 2009