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Topic: Vanity (11/15/18)
TITLE: Appearances can be Deceiving
By Jennifer Hill
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Each night the woman sat before her vanity as she did every night and took stock in herself. She smiled at her look and it smiled back at her. She was more than well pleased with herself. She was beyond proud of her appearance. She boasted of her education regularly and reported her good deeds as though she were earning badges on a sash.
She deeply enjoyed replaying the activities of the day in her mind as she admired herself in the mirror. Deceiving herself though, as she got to reviewing her encounters with those of whom she didn’t care for, she glossed over that. She ignored how the sparkle in her eye dimmed. Never mind why she didn’t like them or why the look in her eye changed. The reasons didn’t matter. The people were beneath her and she didn’t need bother with those thoughts. So she began to spin.
Spinning kept her busy. If she wasn’t busy running around keeping up her appearance than she was busy spinning her lies. Lies to herself that she had it all together. The biggest lie she believed was that it didn’t matter how she treated those few people she deemed unworthy of her kindness, grace and mercy.
For as much strength as she set about to do good for those she loved, she used equal amounts to go about destroying others; like it was a hobby. There was no stopping her wrath. Where her wrath came from was a true mystery to the unfortunate souls for whom this woman detested. For once she didn’t like you, she made your life miserable. All the while she claimed herself innocent. She would wag her finger and shake her head at her self-proclaimed enemy. Not allowing them a chance at any type of survival until she was satisfied by her wrecking of them. This side of her she managed to keep hidden to those who she captivated. For they were blindsided by the curse too.
The woman had no idea she had been preyed upon. For she had been among the crowd at an estate sale. The man in charge had been an evil man. He was aware of the curse on the vanity. Rather it was on the mirror itself and its powers. When he had seen the woman’s striking beauty, he had known how easily she would be tempted by the mirror. Once she gazed upon the mirror, it would likely do the rest. The sale had been rather easy.
Years went by. The woman each night sat before it admiring herself and all her accomplishments. The curse on the mirror embellished them to her. The woman easily began to perceive some others as beneath her. Before long she became their judge and jury. Anytime a glimpse of the truth about her actions started to shed light on her heart, the curse on the mirror took hold of her and the spinning of lies began.
Until one faithful night…
The woman sat before the vanity. It had been a longer day than usual. Many things had come to pass. The woman noticed herself looking back in the mirror. She saw that her eyes didn’t hold that familiar gleam. For a moment her heart had a chance to wonder.
Just as soon as her heart wondered, it deceived itself. It told her to begin the spinning. That’s what she needed to do, she thought. With one spin though, the woman found herself flat on the floor looking up at the bottom of the vanity. What she saw was quite curious.
There was a key taped to the bottom. What was even more peculiar was the secret hidden drawer on the bottom side of the vanity. As you can guess the woman unlocked it. Inside she found a Bible. Upon opening it the curse was broken forever. The woman immediately saw herself for the first time, the good and the bad. Best of all she saw the Truth.
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