“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.“
Every once in awhile, you read a story in the news that makes you cringe. Mind you, the one I am talking about is probably not the worst we hear about these days. In this fallen world, we are inundated with horrific stories of crimes and disasters every day. But this one is unusual, so of course it has gotten some attention.
Over the weekend it was reported that a mother admitted to injecting Botox in her 8 year old daughter for the purposes of competing in a child beauty pageant. You can read the article here. For those of you who may not know, Botox is a drug made from Botulin, that is used by people to temporarily remove wrinkles. It is normally NOT prescribed to children. Obviously, since wrinkles are usually something adults are trying to prevent, the thought of injecting this drug into a child sounds lubricious, since children do not normally suffer from wrinkles and there could be serious side affects as well.
Why would a mother feel the need to use Botox on their daughter? Is it really possible that her daughter has wrinkles? Even beyond that, what would possess this mother with the desire to inject a drug into her child for competitive reasons? What would happen if the child ended up having a complication? How could she live with herself knowing that she caused her child to have a medical problem in her pursuit of a pageant trophy?
I am sometimes amazed at how low we humans will go in pursuit of sin. Jesus tells how precious children are in the passage above, yet we simply don’t learn. Why do we allow the sin of vanity to affect us so much that we would be willing to harm our children to bow down to this idol? I suppose this is no different than any other sin. Those who sink so low as to resort to adultery start with a look, or a simple compliment. Those who fall into the sin of addiction start with one drink.
So I guess that this mother probably had to start somewhere. Maybe it started with someone innocently suggesting that her daughter should be in a beauty pageant. Then maybe, someone else mentioned a pageant or contest in the area. Before she knew it, they were wrapped up in the pageant community, and she was now living through her daughter, losing all focus on what was right for her. At some point, she may have been so wrapped up in her sin, her daughter’s well being was no longer important. Her daughter was no longer the precious child Jesus taught us about that inherits the kingdom. She was now just a means to an end.
Lets stop and think about this and how it pertains to us. We have all suffered from sin. Since we are all sinners, we all have a sin or two that we struggle with. If we are not careful, that sin can take over our lives. It always starts small, but grows as we give in to our worldly desires.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. “
–1 Corinthians 1-:13
Let’s remember always that Jesus was also tempted by sin, and resisted. God will never give us temptations without giving us a way out. Remember also that God always warns us before we fall into sin. There will always be something that reminds us what is right and what is wrong. With that said, God also gave us free will, and it will always be our decision to make. He shows us the path, but we must embrace it.
I will say one more thing. Resist the temptation to sin, and then rationalize. It is NEVER the fault of someone else that you sinned. No one is responsible for your sin but you. No one pushes you into adultery, addiction, and surely not vanity. Let’s make sure to take personal responsibility for our actions. It is only through personal responsibility and surrendering to God’s will that Jesus can dwell within us and make the change necessary in our heart to transform us and mold us into the child of God He wants us to be.
To the mother who injected the Botox in her child, be the mother you want your child to grow up to be. Let your child be a child, and look to the Bible for guidance.
Please, stay away from the Botox!