I am a hair stylist. The beauty industry is what I know. My expertise. I have formed a career on making people look good. But it's so much more than that. I do think most successful hairstylists will tell you that if your only concern is making a client look good, you won't keep people coming back. My job is just as much about the experience I give to someone. The reality is that when a client walks out the door, it's as much about how you make them feel as it is how their hair looks. If you would have told 18 year old me that the most important part of my job would be forming trust and relationships, I probably would have done a subtle eye-roll.
Being creative and crafting pretty hair cuts is just the icing on the cake. The real best part is getting to know people, forming friendships, and listening. I get to laugh with people, learn their deepest secrets, and go through life with them. I have the privilege of people opening up their entire world to me. I am humbled every day at the trust my clients feel with me and I with them. How fortunate am I to be a part of people's lives. I've watched babies grow into toddlers and graduate from high school. I've helped girls get ready for their first high school dance and then 10 years later do the same for their wedding day. I've shared in the tears as I shaved my client's head because her hair just started falling out from chemo.
I didn't know 17 years ago that my job would be my mini ministry. I get to make people look good and feel good for a living, how rewarding is that! Who doesn't look forward to being pampered! I get to spread love and joy every day, even though some days I may not feel like it (I think we all have those days). And some days I get to sprinkle a little Jesus in. Those are my favorite days; the days the opportunity comes up to share my love for the Lord and to tell people what He is really like.