Today, as I face the challenge of tightening my dreadlocks and in light of this week’s Living Prayer focus, I am on a search for new reasons to be thankful for my hair. Keep in mind I have 2 inches or more worth of new growth, a head full of hair, and three girls whose dreadlocks also have to be tightened before the end of the week. So I have to get some SERIOUS gratitude in motion here…lol!
It has actually been an eye opening process. See, whenever I lose motivation for something, I typically go back to the last time when I was motivated and pick up on that motivator. This time, however, I soon realized that wasn’t going to work. I thought I was thankful for my hair in the past. The truth is though that I was proud of my hair.
The last time I was actually motivated to go all out in caring for my hair was before I was covered. It was back when people would see it, touch it, and comment on it. It was back when it was a status symbol that others knew about. As soon as it became something private, it began to lose its priority status…and I let it!
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I went from being obsessed with my hair to not caring at all. I was never really enthused about hair care. I was okay with it when I was younger. Then came motherhood and working full-time and ponytails became my best friend. I did my best to make sure they were eloquent ponytails though…lol. Then I wouldn’t even bother with the ponytail. I would just make sure it was clean and in order and just let it hang. Then along came headcovering and I guess that was just the excuse I needed to stop caring.
Well today I went back to 1 Corinthians 11 in search of inspiration and verse 15 just leaped out at me, “but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.” The word used for glory in this verse is dóxa. It means opinion or view that results in praise, glory, and/or honor; splendor, majesty, brightness, preeminence, dignity, excellence; a most glorious condition and exalted state of the Father to which Christ was raised. My hair is all these to me and it was bestowed up me as a gift to cover me with them.
My hair is a gift from God, a crown that testifies to my position, identifies how I am to be viewed, and, according to the traditions of the time in which Paul wrote this, displays my sensuality. It is a gift that will one day be unwrapped by my future husband. It is a private blessing that is now hidden away from prying eyes. It is to be included in my devotion to God and my preparation for marriage, and deserves to be treated accordingly. Now THAT is motivation I can get behind and THAT is more than enough to be thankful for!
So I am off to take care of the crowns of glory of this house and develop a better plan for keeping it done so it doesn’t pile up this way, making it a higher priority. In light of all your hair can and does represent, how do you stay motivated to keep your tresses groomed? How much of a priority is it for you to have your hair styled and luxurious on a day to day basis? What is the state of your hair covering you with? Do you see any need for changes in the way you look at and approach your hair care routine?
Be blessed beloved and in the words of my grandmother when she finished doing my hair, “Mo’ hair grow!”~
Surrendered to Him~