Store shelves have been stacked with Halloween candy and costumes for weeks. Masks of every description await buyers eager to hide their identity.
Sadly, some people wear masks every day. You know what I’m talking about—plastic smiles, mock humility or trumped-up confidence designed to hide character zits—real or perceived—and to convince everyone that all’s well even though it’s not. Why do we do this? Here are a few reasons…
- We’re going through a tough situation and don’t want to talk about it. Maybe we don’t even know how to put it into words yet. Or maybe we’re in denial. We’re dying on the inside but trying hard to make it look like everything’s okay. We can handle it.
- We compare ourselves to others and feel like we’re falling short. We struggle with feeling “not enough,” so we don a Super-Woman mask to prove our worth and abilities.
- 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?
- We’re engaged in wrong behavior and either we don’t want to change, we’re afraid to change, or we don’t even know where to begin. We’re overwhelmed with shame and guilt.
No matter the reason for wearing masks, it’s time to remove them and experience the abundant life for which God created us. It’s time to align ourselves with Psalm 101:2—“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.”
People of integrity are the same in public and in private. They have no hidden motives, no secret sins. If a spotlight could shine into every corner of their lives, no surprises would be found. They have nothing to hide and no one to impress, so they wear no masks.
These folks have discovered true freedom. Isn’t that the way we all long to live? I mean, who really wants to carry the burden that comes with trying to be someone we’re not? No one. So, how then can we experience the same freedom? Here’s how:
- Admit that we’re wearing a mask.
Being honest with ourselves, God, and others is the first step to freedom. If we’re wearing a mask, then it’s good to ask why. Of what are we afraid? What are we trying to hide? What’s hindering us from removing it?
- Seek help as needed to remove the mask.
Being honest about our struggles is half the battle. A trusted godly friend or counselor with whom we can talk and pray (and with whom we can be accountable) is invaluable. We’re not meant to do life in a vacuum; we need relationships to help us do well.
- Resolve to live without the mask from this time forward.
The more we live the surrendered life, the more the Holy Spirit fills and controls us. His ongoing work in us is the ultimate key to our spiritual maturity and living victorious Christian lives. Begin each day by inviting Him to control every aspect of who you are, and He’ll transform you so you’ll never feel the need to wear a mask again.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever worn a mask to hide something that needed to be addressed? Have you learned to live without it? If so, how did you do it?
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