The Face I’ve Earned

My husband and I laughed our bottoms off one night as we watched a commercial advertising the services of a local plastic surgeon.The spokeswoman in the commercial gave a lengthy discussion about procedures using collagen, botox, facial implants, etc., all without ever moving her upper lip–not because she didn’t want to, but apparently because she couldn’t.  A little too much of something had rendered her upper lip unmovable!

You should know that I honestly believe in doing the best you can with what you have.  I just wonder if some are going too far.

Is it really so bad to have laugh lines that map the way back to funny experiences you’ve had?  That let people know you’re a kid at heart?  That give testimony of a God who gives the gift of laughter even after unmentionable pain?

I was blessed to have a baby at age 43.  Somehow I got through that without a single stretch mark.

I really wish I had gotten one.

And I kind of wish it were across my face.

Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She loves to use biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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  1. I don’t know that it is new since you’ve had your baby, but joy stretches across your face and is a blessing to all who see it! Love this post!!!!!!
    Love, Miriam Bradley

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