Read the Directions

Warning labels are serious business.

“Keep out of reach of children and teenagers.” — On a can of air freshener.


“Do not use as ear plugs.” — On a package of silly putty.  (If only my children could read.)
“Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.” — On a portable stroller.

Do not trim false lashes while they are adhered to your real lashes.” — On a package of fake eyelashes.
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“May be harmful if swallowed.” — On a shipment of hammers.

“Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.” — In the manual for a Swedish chainsaw.
Or, as my friend Sarah and I used to make fun of:
“Warning: This product can burn eyes.” — On a curling iron.

“Do not use in shower.” — On a hair dryer.

“Do not use while sleeping.” — On a hair dryer.

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A lot of warning labels are common-sense and make us feel dumber for reading them. Shouldn’t everyone know not to use a hair dryer while sleeping? When is the last time you tried to swallow a hammer? And seriously, who would trim fake eyelashes when they were already glued to their real ones?
This girl. 
Yup. I wasn’t even thinking that I would be cutting my own real lashes at the same time.
Eyelashes take the longest of any hair on your body to grow back and I had a blunt chunk of my left lashes gone with one quick, swift chop of the nail scissors. 
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God provides us with warnings in the Bible and a lot of times, I treat those warnings like I did the fake lashes. I thought I knew what I was doing and I didn’t read the packaging. Similarly, when I think I’ve got life figured out, I tend to not read the Bible.
And life sometimes turns out rotten for a while. But just like my lashes eventually grew long again, your heart can heal from bad decisions . . . but unfortunately, consequences remain. 
The left side of my lashes have lost the natural tapering and instead are blunt-ended. Nobody notices, but I can tell sometimes when I’m applying mascara and the results aren’t exactly what I expected. 
If I had taken the time to read the warning label, I wouldn’t have ruined the tips of my lashes and I know that if I had paid more attention to God’s warnings, I could have saved myself some heartache. 
Thankfully, God’s grace is enough and I’m thankful for His mercies, which renew every morning (Lamentations 3:23). 
Let’s use the Bible as a guide for our decisions. The more we understand the warnings, the better decisions we can make!

Special thanks to RinkWorks.com for the warnings list.

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Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett loves sipping coffee and jamming in her planner while raising three boys with her college sweetheart Justin.

March 30, 2012

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    I read a warning label this week on a new skillet that said not to keep pet birds in the kitchen.BTW, I never noticed that about your lashes.