Lipstick on a Pig

Have you ever seen a photo (a real one) of a pig with lipstick on? If you have, you know that it just looks bizarre. We all can agree on one thing, you just don’t want to put lipstick on a pig.

You know though, it is something we do all the time. There are things, habits, in each of our lives that need to be dealt with. We need to change them, stop them, do something different, but instead of doing what we need to, we just accept them, put a little lipstick on them and keep on going.

For instance, do we harbor some ill will towards someone? Instead of forgiving them and moving on, we just secretly hold on to it and make excuses for it. Do we take pleasure in gossip about someone we are jealous of? If so, we are enjoying our pet pig and putting lipstick on it in order to make it more palatable to our conscience. 

What about those bad habits we imbibe in that are destroying out bodies? Perhaps we have one too many drinks when we come home from work. Or maybe we continue to smoke when we know it is killing us. We might be sneaking candy when we know it is making our blood sugar skyrocket. You get it, these are pet pigs we are harboring and we just put a little more lipstick on them each time we continue to imbibe in them.

How do we confront those pigs in our lives and do something about them? The first thing we must do is to take a good hard look at them and acknowledge them for what they are. They are pigs…and we need to get rid of them. Let’s stop putting lipstick on them and pretending that they are acceptable. They’re not and let’s face it. Lipstick never looks good on a pig!

40 thoughts on “Lipstick on a Pig

  1. Amen! I shudder to think where we could be as a people, if we chose to confront our issues instead of embracing them. I know in my own life, so much misery was invited in by refusing to just face the discomfort head on, work through it and get past it. Of course, Holy Spirit always reveals something else to work on together! 🙂

    Desensitization happens by degrees. The more we excuse something, the stronger it becomes and the less likely we are to react to it. It’s one of the ways, in my humble opinion, culture has gotten in such the sad shape it’s in! We must see something for what it is, call it out and choose to do something about it. That’s when the real growth happens. And in the end, when we see the power of God at work in our lives, it’s our greatest blessing! ♥

    Awesome post, Valerie! Loved every word.

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