The sad reality of the world we live in is that not all men are capable of growing a proper beard. I attribute this to the wide ranging consequences of The Fall. [Please remember that this blog is completely facetious]
However, while not all men are able to nurture their facial hair into a solid beard or moustache this does not, by any means, mean that they are any less manly. Beardedness is a matter of the heart.
A good, Biblical, precedent is set for us in the Old Testament with the sign of circumcision. While circumcision was an outward sign of God’s covenant with the people of Israel, that they would be a people set apart for Him, the outward sign was intended to reflect an inward reality. In fact, from time-to-time God would remind them that they should be inwardly circumcised!
Deut. 30:6 “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”
And so, to you brothers who struggle with the thorn in the flesh that is unbeardedness, I encourage you to beard your hearts!
And (Greek-guided by my good friend and sometimes fellow-blogger Michael) here are some images to inspire the beardedness of your soul:
The Beard of the Heart:
And I leave you with a blessing: Let the Beard of your Hearts Grow!