About Face


“A man’s face is his autobiography.” –Oscar Wilde

Have you ever given thought to how God uses your face to bring Himself glory?

I hadn’t.

Until this summer, when I heard Dan Allender speak at an “Art of Storytelling” seminar. In his talk, Allender said (among many other profound things), “It is the work of God to surprise, by voices and faces.”

Then he asked us to consider, “What is your face?”

He meant our literal, physical faces.

What? What is my face? 

What came to mind is that I have a strangely familiar face. Everywhere I go, it seems, someone will look at me and say, “Have I met you before?” or “Do you have a sister who lives in Toledo?” or something like that.

I think I have a very average, Caucasian face. Brown hair and brown eyes. Nothing extraordinary.

But maybe that’s just it. Maybe there’s something about my face that helps people feel comfortable, familiar, known. (Certainly not intimidated!)

That parallels how I feel God often uses me in ministry to others: They feel safe and comfortable with me. They can relate to me. They feel known by me.

What about you? What is your face?

And if Allender’s theory is true, what are the implications of utilizing make-up? Botox?  Cosmetic surgery?

Wilde continues his quote above: “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”

Does hiding or altering our “true” face hinder our ability to connect with others? Does it keep us from experiencing the story God wrote for us?

What do you think?

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