Unveiling the Masks

How many times have you put on a mask? I’m not talking about a Halloween 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 mask. 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. 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.

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