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My daughter, Chloe, was born a very girly girl. Blonde hair, blue eyes, porcelain skin. I have never had to teach her how to be feminine—the love for all things pink and sparkly is innate. As a preschooler, Chloe donned a different princess costume every day, complete with tiara, slippers, and cape. When she outgrew them, she transitioned into play cosmetics and developed a lip gloss obsession (I think she has about 30!). She spends her spare time viewing YouTube hair and makeup tutorials or fashioning duct tape accessories. Her nails are always colorful and her ears adorned with bling. And she is only eight.
Yesterday was Chloe’s best friend’s birthday, and the two little fashionistas spent the day celebrating their friendship in a particularly girly girl way—with a birthday/spa day/tea party! My daughter planned the day for an entire week, counting down the days and adding must-do’s to her checklist. When she went to bed the night before, she said she couldn’t wait to hurry up and wake up again!
The first thing Chloe did when she got up Tuesday morning was frost and sprinkle the cupcakes. She then hung the birthday banner and set up other decorations, arranged the gifts, and readied the spa. Then she had to wait. And wait. And wait. “I just can’t wait for Hannah to see this!” I heard her say. “What do you think Hannah’s going to say?” she asked me more than once. “Can we spray glitter in our hair? Can we spray it on over the fingernail polish too? Do we have stuff to make bath foamers? Should we have cupcakes before we do the spa? I want Hannah to feel special. Can we make lip gloss?”
Those two girls spent the entire day doting on each other, blessing each other with their love, their generosity, their devotion, and oh yeah, their sparkle! They certainly did not “withhold kindness from a friend [or] forsake the fear of the Almighty” (Job 6:14), but rather, they proved that “a friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17). They have truly found what the Lord has established in a best friend relationship.
Jesus calls us His friends too: “Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). Daily He showers us with His blessings, His love, His generosity (known as grace and mercy), His devotion. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13, NKJV). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we sparkle white as snow—not with makeup and bling, but with the hope of salvation found only in Christ Jesus.
My daughter prepared a special place and a special day for her best friend. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior—as our best friend—a peace that transcends all understanding guards our hearts in the knowledge that He will never leave us, will always dote on us, and has prepared a special place for us by his side for all eternity.
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