You'll never guess where I am. Just a minute ago, I arrived here by limousine to a full day makeover. But it's not for me; I'm just accompanying the winner of an extreme makeover contest in our town.
A few months ago, I wrote a little essay about a local mom who inspires me. The winner of this contest would receive a full makeover (wardrobe, jewelry, massage, nails, hair, gym membership, new smile, makeup, housecleaning, a Wii Fit, photo shoot, and tons of other prizes). When I heard about the contest, I had to nominate this mom. She's lost 100 pounds this year, but that's not even the most important thing. She's totally transformed her whole life. She's been on a journey to find emotional and spiritual health. I just love this girl! I love sitting next to her in church, worshiping God and seeing her write down every word the pastor says. I love seeing her choose hope and optimism even in hard circumstances. She fights for happiness, and I just admire her so much.
So all day, she gets to enjoy an incredible makeover. Not only that, but at 6:00 PM she arrives (by limo) to her huge reveal party--just like you see on TV! The press will be there: local news and ABC, magazines, photographers. It's the coolest thing to be a part of.
The real story here is that change is possible. This friend has had an impossibly hard childhood. She's taught me that the past does not determine your future, and you can change your life. Right before we got in the limo, I shared two Bible verses with my friend. I said, that "those who look to God will be radiant" (she is totally radiant right now), and that "anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come " (The new woman is here!). In fact, I have to sign off; she's nearly finished with her massage, and we are moving on to the hair salon. More later (with pics I hope).
Living with flair is getting into a limo with someone who deserves a makeover. It means going on the journey with friends who want to change their lives and being ready to celebrate.