Those Bad Haircut Moments Of Our Sin Life

Sometimes I do the most random, impulsive things. Like make a hair appointment "on a whim" to cut my hair or totally change my style or color.

Sin is a lot like a bad haircut.

I don't know about you, but those moments never seem to work out.

I will complain for months that I want to let my hair grow out. Then I lament for months at my decision. It's too long. I need to cut it. I want bangs. Dear hubby: thank you for putting up with me!

Over the years I've done this enough times to know one thing:

Never make a hair appointment on a whim.

I've made enough bad, impulsive and rash decisions related to my hair, that I've learned, or at least should have learned by now, that they're never a good idea. In fact, more times than not, they're the worst idea ever.

Been there, done that? And got the awful haircut to prove it? Join my club!

Oh my.

Sin is a lot like a bad haircut, you know.

We can keep doing something over and over that we know is bad for us. It makes us look stupid. And feel foolish. And icky. And wracked with stupidity and shame. And well, even though we should know better, we still do it again.

So what have we (hopefully) learned over the years about these "whim" moments?

Hopefully we've figured out that we need to think before we act. Like, maybe talk it over with someone? Or sit on it for 24-48 hours before we head to the salon and chop it all off. Ahem.

As far as sin goes, hopefully, we've learned to resist temptation. Hopefully, we've committed God's promises to our heart that remind us to trust in Him during those sin moments. Hopefully, we know with absolute certainty that:

When we feel boxed in and ready to sin, God always gives us a way out.

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. " 1 Corinthians 10:13

sin is a lot like a bad haircut.

We need to read our Bible, it's a critical lifeline to avoiding these sin moments. We need to have a robust prayer life and an accountability partner or two when struggling with these destructive "haircut" moments in our sin life.

I've been hedging and hawing about radically changing "my style" again. And thankfully my hubby has been with me through enough of these over the years, that he can talk me down from them. Remember that last one where you went in for highlights and they gave you bangs? Or when you went in for a trim and they chopped off six inches? Oiy....oiy...oiy...those weren't pretty moments friends. And I have some pics hidden in an unmarked box at the back of my closet to prove it.

Thankfully now, when I have the desire to chop my hair on a whim, usually as the result of a bad hair day, the hubs can remind me of the moments from the past that I don't want to relive.

It's really the same when you're stuck in sin. Stop...and ask God to remind you of His promises. Ask Him to reveal to you a way out of your sin predicament. It gets easier with practice, so keep asking Him to help you ward off that 'bad haircut' sin moment. And ask a friend (or two or three, if necessary) or your spouse to hold you accountable to the desire to stop sin dead in its tracks.

Be bold in this...cuz Satan, he doesn't like bold. He wants weakness. And shame. And really bad haircut sin moments that force you to hide your head in a brown paper bag.

Accountability partners. In hairstyles. Sin. Marriage and Life. I'm so very blessed and extremely thankful that I have my husband as my accountability partner in this life. But I know a lot of women are not as lucky. Their husbands are not the spiritual leaders of their home. They feel alone in their sin, their struggles and their hopes of conquering their temptations. If that's the case for you dear one, please find a female friend or relative you can confide in and let them lift you up and keep you spiritually and hairfully sane.

Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me to always have an out when I want to sin. Thank you for providing me promises in Your Word that show me I always have options. I am never boxed in. Lord, teach me to learn patience and resolve that when life, sin and haircuts go bad, that I can stay rooted in your Word. Let me trust in Your promises and know that those bad haircuts and sin moments do not need to happen. Help me reach out to an accountability partner, someone I can trust wholeheartedly and rely upon during my weak moments Father. Help me to reach out to you, first and foremost, during the difficult moments. And know that there is always a way out of my sin. Father, you are perfect, you are Holy, you are loving, kind, patient, and always good. Help me work hard to model my life after you. And when I fail, which I will inevitably do, thank you for the grace and the mercy to keep moving forward. Tomorrow is always a new day. In Jesus precious name. Amen.

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22 comments:

  1. YES. Doesn't sin just seem to sneak up on us sometimes? Great post!

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  2. Nicki - your sense of humour reminds me of my own, especially regarding impulsive haircuts! I had my hair cut into a bob and it lasted 2 days before I couldn't maintain it like the salon could... Thank you for reminding us how the Lord provides a way to say no to sin! Blessings, Ruth :)

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  3. Haha, I have been wanting to cut my hair again now that it's so long, and that's sort of what sparked this post. It's crazy how impulsive we can be, in our daily living, as well as haircuts.:) Blessings!

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  4. I am so grateful for having a husband who helps me be accountable!

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  5. Nicki,
    I'm your neighbor at Holley's link-up today! I can totally relate as I've often had hair crises and never seemed to be happy with the outcome, but thinking through our choices and spending time before acting on our whims is good advice indeed! Enjoyed my visit here! :)

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  6. Spot on Valerie! Thinking thru our choices, an essential key to haircuts and daily living! :)

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  7. Thanks for the reminder that no matter how stuck or defeated we may feel, God has always provided a way out! Let us not listen to the lies of the evil one who would have us believe otherwise, but stand firm in the truth!
    Blessings,
    Kamea

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  8. So practical. We blunder into sin almost as much as we pre-meditate. Good advice to make every provision for righteousness.

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  9. Amen to that Kamea! It's so hard to remember this at times, but that's where having accountability helps. Blessings!

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  10. Blunder is a really good word to describe it Michele! :)

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  11. I love that - sin is like bad haircuts. Yes! We say, oops, maybe that wasn't such a good idea afterall. Thanks for this Nicki. You make me think about pursuing more and more holiness. I cheer you passionately from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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  12. HI Niki, thanks for sharing your encouragement in the Beloved Brews Linkup! it's refreshing to hear what God is whispering to you... and yes, I've done the haircut thing too! :) (psst.. pretty please include the Beloved Brews button in your blog post so others can easily join in with us {use this html code here http://www.faithbarista.com/beloved-brews-button/} thanks!

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  13. Just got one of those haircuts. I wanted short. She gave it to me. And even blew it out the way I would...asked me what kind of brush I use etc. She actually blew it out using her fingers instead of a brush to show me "how easy it is." hah! My "blowout" doesn't look anything like hers. Surprise! Live and learn. Great analogy. Visiting from Blessing Counters

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  14. Yeah I have way too many "oops, maybe that wasn't such a good idea moments." :) Have you read The Pursuit of Holiness by A.W.Tozer? Great book! Highly recommend. Blessings xoxo

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  15. My hair never looks like it does when I'm at the salon Mary. I guess it's easier to make someone else beautiful than it is yourself in that way! Ironically, I made a hair appointment on a whim yesterday, decided I wanted to chop off 4-6 inches and then canceled this am. It's never a good thing to do things on a whim :) I hope you get your hair figured out. And I'm sure it looks lovely. :) Blessings!

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  16. I have coarse wavy hair and hate fighting it, so I keep it very short and cut it myself. I think about growing it out but never get very far. Imagine how you can do a haircut on a whim when you cut it yourself. I've learned late at night is NOT the best time. :-) Great analogy!

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  17. You cut it YOURSELF???? My word I am jealous. I googled last night how to cut long hair and saw a couple tutorials that looked pretty easy, but I just don't know if I have the guts to do it. I told myself I'll let it grow another 4 inches (which I just cut off last week) and then see if I have the courage to try it. That way, if it doesn't work I still have long hair and everybody is happy! :)

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  18. Oh my- I'm having my hair cut next week... just a trim, I promise! I've made the same mistake as you a couple of times too many. Last minute, panic decisions are never usually good ones :/ Thanks for this reminder re our sin, and the knowledge that God always provides a way out. Stopping by from Counting My Blessings :)

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  19. Ironically I made a haircut appt. on a whim this week but then sanity kicked in and I cancelled!

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  20. I'm in a perpetual bad hair moment...I'm ugly, and nothing short of plastic surgery will change it.


    To ward off sin...I stay busy. that's about it. Be engaged, and sin won't find a way in.


    www.blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.bologspot.com

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  21. What a wonderful post, I am sure if we are really honest we have all had bad hair moments and do things before thinking. I just love the Corinthians passage. Although we are sinful, God provides us with all the answers. Wow this is a wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing your heart (and hair moments) at Good Morning Mondays, it is always a blessing when you stop by. xxxx

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  22. Great thoughts! I have never purposely asked for anything radical with my hair but that's not to say it hasn't always turned out like I thought it would. I do like the analogy though to sin and thinking before leaping. It sure can make a difference and when we leap we should make sure God is there to catch us! So glad you linked up at The Weekend Brew.

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