By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

A lovely young acquaintance of mine felt herself the unfortunate recipient of a delicate face with too small lips. No amount of encouragement to the contrary would dissuade her.
She felt they were too small,
entirely shapeless,
and simply unkissable.
She splurged on some sort of lip "plumping" serum and applied it to her lips in massive doses operating under the "more is better" philosophy. Sprouting the biggest pair of lips conceivable, and almost unbelievable, in way too short a time frame, my friend found herself the recipient of the largest lips ever to be viewed in history.
Whether she doubled, tripled, or quadrupled the dose is unknown.
In all events, the results were unpleasant and supremely unflattering.
For 48 hours she locked herself in her apartment and let nature do its work and return her lips to their normal size.
Upon this curiously interesting experiment and experience, my friend's perspective changed dramatically. Small lips, in the end, became one of her favorite assets, and lipstick became one of her favorite splurge purchases.
Never again ... lip-plumpers.
Hmmm ...
The story is humorous and we find ourselves amused, but we all are guilty, my friend, of applying "plumpers" of some sort to different arenas of our lives.
Imagining ourselves the recipients of something more desirable, we suscribe to "serums" which we think will remedy the situation or prove more favorable to our present condition,  and apply an unnatural dose in response:
-The gambler plays another game of blackjack in order to pad his wallet.
-The drug addict smokes another joint in order to experience a greater high.
-The overeater takes another bite in an effort to experience fulness.
-The pornography dabbler takes another look to satisfy lust.
-The alcoholic takes another drink to experience bliss.
-The street corner gal takes her clothes off in a desire to experience intimacy.
-The gossip shares juicy tidbits in an effort to garner popularity.
Hmmm ...
"Plumpers" end up being "dumpers" in the end.
Temporary serums that wreak havoc and speak to deep core issues in our lives.
We all have had or have "plumpers."
No exemptions, exclusions, or "too exceptional" individuals exist.
God speaks to plumpers:
"All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way; but the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all."
Isaiah 53:6
The beauty of life plumpers, in the end, is their ability to teach life-long lessons and stimulate growth, truth, and humility in our lives. We experience, through an acknowlegement of "plumpers," that God is the only permanent remedy to our core needs, and a steady application of "Him" must be taken generously and regularly in response.
God also retains the right to utilize our "plumpers" in extraordinary ways:
+When shared with others "plumpers" have the ability to create true fellowship, honest community, loving communion, and graceful support.
+"Plumpers" have the ability to develop traits of compassion, empathy, and wisdom.
+"Plumpers" wield the power to change not only our lives but the lives of those around us.
God doesn't waste our life-plumpers and He doesn't want us to either.
He utilizes them for His glory and our humility and demonstrates again and again through them, who He is and who we are apart from Him.
Praise God for life-plumping agents that, in the end, bring us closer to Him.
Another application of Him please,
and a multiplied dose of mercy and grace.
Sacred Serum.