Saturday, January 09, 2016

Are You Wearing a Mask?

Have you ever worn a mask? You pull it on no one can see the real you. You become Elsa or a Ninja or a character from Star Wars. It's all in good fun.

The kind of mask you wear to disguise who you are is a real mask. But
sometimes we wear other kind of masks—pretend masks. Masks that hide who we really are.  We do that by pretending to be someone we aren’t. 

Why do we wear pretend masks? It might be to please others or be popular. It might be hide our pain or to disguise our fears or our failures.

Maybe someone has discouraged you. Maybe they said something you made wasn’t good. Or they laughed at an idea you had. Maybe they made you feel like your best job wasn’t good enough.

You pretended that it didn’t hurt by putting on a mask that told others that you didn’t really care anyway.

Or maybe all of your friends like to shop and you’d rather be in sports. 

Or they want to talk about boys, but you want to make something. 

You don’t want to be left out or have peers not like you because you prefer other activities. So you pretend to be the kind of girl who likes to shop and talk about boys, when really you’d rather play a game of soccer or put together a model. Or maybe others in your family are loud and funny, but you are quiet and would rather read a book.

Do you ever feel like you are wearing a mask? That you’re pretending to be someone you’re not?

Here’s the thing. God sees behind your mask. He knows what you are hiding from. He sees down to the real you. 

God created you to be unique and special. He made you exactly the way he wanted you to be, and he loves you just the way you are. Psalm 139:14 says, Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

God wants you to take off your mask. He wants you to embrace the person he made you to be. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 

Only when we are honest can we live out the plan God has for you.

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