"What Do you prefer?"
I have never been a "flashy" person and I have always enjoyed being simple. I know how to dress up but I don't enjoy it. I prefer jeans and a t-shirt, flip flops or sneakers. I can wear heels but I prefer to be barefoot. I can wear make-up too, the entire shebang; concealer, foundation, lashes, penciled in brows, lips, cheeks etc. But guess what? Yep, I prefer less. I am fine with black eyeliner and a little gloss. Hair? Well, I have locs and I never get anything more than a retightening. When I do get my hair done for an event, I promise you that on the way home from the event I am taking out all hair pins in order to get back to something simple.
I enjoy ministry but not so much from the pulpit. I prefer being in the jail talking to those who live there for however long. I prefer being on the labor and delivery floor helping a family birth their baby into the world. I prefer conversations with strangers in the store or parking lot. I prefer small group conversational intimacy, Bible studies and text conversations. I don't have to be in the front row seat. I prefer to sit amongst the people and engage in koinonia. I prefer my greatest work to be done when I am not in the pulpit.
Here is what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, "I am free. I belong to no other person, but I make myself a slave to everyone. I do this to help save as many people as I can." Amen brother Paul, I feel you.
Dear sister, just be you and don't conform to other people's declaration of their own personal look. Maintain your own look. Know when to look the part for specific occasions because wisdom is your sister. After all you wouldn't have lunch with Queen Elizabeth, Michelle Obama or Indra Nooyi unless you looked a certain type of way.