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Lipstick and a toilet brush
Pastor Daron Lindemann
by Pastor Daron Lindemann
May 6, 2024

A high school principal was frustrated by the repeated lipstick graffiti on the girls’ bathroom mirrors. 

One day she asked a group of girls to assemble in the bathroom. She showed them the lipstick graffiti and explained how much extra work this was for the custodian. 

Then she asked the custodian to dip a toilet brush in a toilet and clean the mirror with it. The girls didn’t use their lipstick on the mirror again!

I would add one more thing. After the custodian cleaned off the lipstick with the toilet brush, I would have him shine up the mirror and make it dazzle. Then I would have each girl look in the mirror, and I’d ask, “Whom do you see?” 

I’d answer, before they could say a word: “A daughter of God.” I’d teach that daughters of God are princesses in his kingdom—very precious, perfectly pure, desired by Jesus Christ himself. 

The attention-getting graffiti and validation of peers isn’t needed because the goodness of God and gifts of God are true.

“Don’t be deceived,” the Bible says. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16,17). 

What lies of the devil do you believe most often that cause you to seek filthy attention and sin? Don’t be deceived. Live your true identity as a child of God. That identity is a good and perfect gift.