Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No Shave November 2014

I have heard of No Shave November for a handful of years, but I never had the nerve to try it.  First of all, I hate going more than two days without shaving; I think I look like a bum, but my wife likes it.  Second, I have gone about a week without shaving once; it was for a Vacation Bible School in which I was supposed to be a common man in Jerusalem in 33 A.D.  It didn't really work, but it was only for a few days.   Finally, I don't usually have the self-discipline to accomplish this.

So I mentioned it in passing to my wife, my daughter, and a teenage girl in my church.  All three vigorously persuaded me to try it.

Then I checked with Scripture.  Doing this is a form of a Nazirite vow.  Check it out in Numbers 6: 1-21.  I haven't touched my beard since October 31st (although I did have a hair cut after about 11 days).

It has been an itchy experience.  My two-year old grandson thinks it's hilarious.  He keeps patting my face.  My wife told me to shave it off after day 5 declaring, "I don't like it anymore."  But I keep going.

The reason for doing this is to raise awareness of men's health issues, especially prostate cancer.  If men would get themselves checked out at least once each year - gee, guys, that means getting an annual physical! - then this cancer would not kill as many guys as it does.

So I don't shave for November 2014.  Here is the proof!







"Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard."  Leviticus 19:27

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