Everyone wears an identity mask almost daily but when is the mask we wearing a problem?
I used to work in a little town called Rotorua (New Zealand).
The town is well known for geothermal activity. With that comes a smell that can sometimes be unpleasant.
Like my sisters, girls call it “stinky town.” 😉
Many tourists walk around with face masks to lighten the smell I guess.
Not that I think it helps much, but it got me thinking: What would the world look like if we could literally see the masks that people wear to hide the things they don’t want the world to see?
Are you in church every Sunday and give your 10% and show the world you honor God in your home and then abuse your wife and children verbally or physically at home. Do you do things that you would never do just to fit in with your social group? Do you spend money that you don’t have just to show the world that you have money, but there is no food in your cupboards? You get the point 🙂
2. Am I hiding the real person?
The problem comes when we crave the approval of others so much that we lose a sense of who we are.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken. Oscar Wilde
This is such a great quote to live by I mean God made you, and you have a purpose. Your purpose is specifically for you and not for someone that you are trying to be.
3. Have I forgotten who I am?
Have you been wearing specific masks for such a long time that you don’t know who you are anymore? Does everything you do have to come from an internet source? Am I trying so hard to be like other people that I have lost my way?
We’ve all been in situations that require us to wear a mask but remember when you wear this mask it can still be your own.
Some of the main reasons is that:
The most significant challenge we face is that we start thinking less of ourselves when we compare our reality with the perfect angle and filter on our Facebook or Instagram newsfeed.
To wear a mask to impress the world is one that could cause more damage than success.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14
Just like specific face masks fight impurities and make your skin more radiant the wrong facemask can cause more harm or a skin reaction.
One of the most common reasons we wear masks is to hide our imperfections.
We are scared the world won’t accept the real me.
So I found another quote to think about when you decide what mask you’re going to wear.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut
The wrong masks stop us from living out our potential. When we wear others mask, we lose our uniqueness.
Being something that your not is tiring, it gets exhausting to be someone else and pretending to be anything less than who you truly are.
God knows that we all make mistakes and have flaws, but He is there with Grace offering a place where you can take all the masks of and just be yourself.
He offers comfort in places where we feel unaccepted and gives purpose when we feel like there’s none.
May you fill your year with the right mask, the mask of peace, love, and joy that is found in our relationship with Jesus.
How do you feel about pretending to be something that you’re not? Share your thoughts, and I would love to hear from you.