Store shelves and racks have been stacked with Halloween candy and costumes for weeks. Masks of every description await buyers eager to disguise their identity on Wednesday night.
Sadly, women of all ages don masks every day. We wear plastic smiles designed to hide character zits—real or perceived—and to convince everyone that all’s well on the inside even when it’s not. Why do we do this? Here are a few reasons…
- We’re simply not ready to talk about whatever we’re going through. We’re emotionally raw and trying to sort things out before talking with others about the situation.
- We hesitate to be transparent or real because the fear of rejection looms large. What will people think of me if they discover that all’s not what it appears to be in my life?
- We’re engaged in behavior that we know is wrong and either we don’t want to change or we’re afraid to make a necessary change.
If the latter is true, then we need to seriously take a look at our lives. Psalm 101:2 says, “I will be careful to live a blameless life—when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.”
Sometimes we engage in sins that appear hidden to others. Lust, impure thoughts, gossip, envy, and jealousy are some examples. We let them linger and grow. Sometimes we even bask in them all the while wearing a mask to hide our shortcomings from family, friends, and coworkers. But Scripture says we’re to stop hiding behind fake disguises.
God wants us to become blameless. He desires that we become women of integrity with nothing to hide. Women who are not perfect, but striving (in His power, not our own) to be the same in private as we are in public.
Let’s do what Scripture says. Let’s become women who live a life of integrity, honoring to God in all we say and do in private and in public even if doing so means humbling ourselves to confess wrong doing and seek forgiveness. Nothing matters more–and gives greater inner freedom–than being blameless before God.