Unveiling the Masks

How many times have you put on a mask? I’m not talking about a COVID mask…I’m talking about the mask no one else can see. The mask that hides your true emotions and doesn’t let anyone on the outside see what you’re dealing with.

You know…that one.

I didn’t even realize I had been wearing masks until it was pointed out to me. Come to find out, I had more than one mask. I had many. Different people: different masks. Different situation: different mask. Somewhere along the way, I had learned it wasn’t safe for me to be “me”. To thrive (and sometimes emotionally survive), I had to figure out how to be someone else…someone who would be accepted.

The work it took to begin recognizing and removing those masks was hard.

One of the hardest things I’ve had to do was become me again.

It sounds so odd, doesn’t it? I mean, I know there are people who think, “If they don’t like who I am, then that’s their loss.” That’s valid. I just wasn’t one of them.

I lost a few friends during my unveiling. I lost a few family members who didn’t like who I truly was (someone who had a voice for once). But you know Who I didn’t lose? Jesus. Do you know Who I became closer to? Jesus. I could picture Him cheering me on as I removed one layer after another; as I worked on becoming my true self. He was my biggest cheerleader.

Friend, He is yours too. He wants you to be authentic and real. He wants you to show the world who He already knows and who He has already died on the cross for. He loves your quirkiness and the way you talk. He loves the uniqueness you bring to this world. He loves you. The real you. Don’t let society tell you anything different.

The only approval you need on this earth is God’s.

Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (NIV)

Let’s choose to be honest and true servants of Christ.

*I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted on my website for just over three months. This summer has been a little off, to say the least. I had a friend who mentioned needing to remove the mask she’d worn for many years, and it reminded me of this particular blog post. I thought I’d repost it for any of you who hadn’t seen it. I think it’s always good to be reminded of what we’ve learned throughout life. As for my lack of posts, I plan to get back on track here in September, beginning with September 2nd! Thank you for continuing to be a wonderful audience to these words laid upon my heart. God bless you!*

5 Comments

  1. Connie Rucinski

    Beautiful.Rochelle I am pretty sure all you have been through with loss of Alex I met the woman I know now. A humble caring mother who gives a lot of her heart to everyone she meets Love you friend and your love of Christ

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    • Rochelle

      Awww, thank you, Connie. Love you too!

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  2. Shannyn Dale Figueroa

    Beautifully written! Always know you need no mask with me. You are precious!!

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  3. Theresa Boedeker

    Rachelle, it is easy to put on masks for different people and situations. And so often we learn it early on in life. But God wants us to ourselves. I love the point about that you didn’t lose God, but got closer to him.

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    • Rochelle

      I agree, Theresa. It sure is sometimes easier to just put the mask on, and that we often learn that early in life. Thank you for commenting!

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