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A Hair Cut

Camp was hot. Every day involved being in the sun, running around or refereeing sports, carrying my water bottle around to make sure I wasn’t getting dehydrated. Every building had air conditioning, so you could get cooled off, but you’re only at camp one week out of the year. Everyone wanted to make the most of their time together so you went where the kids went. Did I mention it was hot?

So when I got home, I was determined to chop off the mass of bird’s nest hair I had resting on top of my cranium. Little did I know the fire storm of comments I would receive:

“Hey, you got a hair cut!” - Thank you Captain Obvious!

“Did it get too hot for all that hair?” - Why, yes it did!

“I like that hair cut you got!” - Thank you, I did it myself!

“Did you go to a barber?” - Nope. I wouldn’t pay someone to make me look this ugly!

“Do you miss your hair?” - Only for a few months!

“Can I run my hand through your hair?” - I guess our relationship is about to move forward a notch!

One of the best comments I got on my shorn look was from Amanda Johnson, who promises she thought John Travolta was stepping up to the lectern when I went up to preach. Honestly, I’m just hoping she meant young Travolta and not the one who went to seed (Although, I’m pretty sure that’s useless hoping!)

All jesting aside, it was pretty amazing to see the amount of comments people made about something as simple as my haircut. Most of it was funny, and made for some light-hearted conversation.

That leads me to my question for today’s article. If someone can easily notice my haircut, can they just as easily notice my faith? Do I wear Christ as obviously as I wear my hair (cf. Romans 13.14; Galatians 3.27)? Do people of this world see my behavior and immediately think of the Lord I’m emulating?

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation
(1 Peter 2.12).

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5.16).

God says my faith should be so apparent, my conduct so pure, my behavior so fill of faith, my words so full of positivity, my thoughts so filled with Him, that people immediately notice I’m different than them. I should be almost other-worldly, instead of fitting in with this world.

Let me point out something else I’ve learned from this hair cut. If we are so easily willing to make a comment about a friend’s haircut, which is here today and grown back tomorrow, shouldn’t we be just as willing to make a comment about their salvation? I know you can argue that those are two very different thing. A hair cut is impersonal and salvation is very personal. But, let’s flip that around and see it a different way. A hair cut is so unimportant it should be easily dismissed when compared to something as important as their salvation. One might be easier to talk about, but the latter is much more important to talk about. Let’s continue to look for opportunities to have important conversation!