Do you know of anybody you would describe as always wearing a mask? Not being real? Always acting and faking? You may have read or heard the story of a girl who pretended to have come from abroad and picked a cab. Pronouncing wrongly and with a British accent, her destination, the cab driver increased the fare and with a scream she pronounced correctly the area and this time, with the local accent and language, the fare was reduced to the actual. The question now is, what impression was she trying to create? Pretending to live abroad doesn’t in any way mean you are better. Neither does it make one more superior. We should learn to love what we have and own. We should try to develop what we have, and instead of being the other person, we should be ourselves. Stop being fake. Stop being a copy cat. Be you. Be real. Be nice and sweet.
I may have judged them wrongly, but I know a few persons who strike me as not being real and when we converse, all I say in my mind is “can you just be real?”. It is like being a queen on Instagram and Facebook, yet in reality one is nothing. In a bid to deceive and feel good about nothing, people go masking themselves. So tell me; are you real or do you need to take off the mask?
This message concerns all of us because so many times we act one way on the outside, but we’re actually another way on the inside. We are one way on social media, and actually another off social media. Because we have weaknesses, faults and fears—things that we think make us less likable or desirable—we’d rather hide them from other people. So we wear masks. We use a concealer. I say to you today; embrace your weakness. Embrace your faults and own up your fears. That is the only way we can get better. Whoever you are, you will need to confront your fear and weakness and until that is done, you will never be able to explore who you are. You will never be able to know what lie beyond the limits set by our minds, fear and weakness.
The danger of wearing a mask is that it misrepresents us. It hides us. We can say, it protects us, but from nothing. It makes us tell and live a lie. What other people see is a lie. It’s not who we are or who we were born to be. What we don’t realize is no matter how much we change the outside, we can’t change who we really are deep down inside. Only God can change our hearts.
We need to realize that God loves us just the way we are right now, and His love for us will never diminish.
And there’s more good news. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that God is changing us and making us more like Himself, fixing the flaws we want to cover up. We find the same love story in Jer 18:1ff, saying we are a work on a wheel. The master is still making and working us out; a work in progress.
Let us trust Him enough to take off our mask. Let us trust Him enough to be real. If you let go and let God, you will find, as I have, that each day, we are being changed, little by little, into the very image of our Lord.
THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER: Take off the mask.
PRAYERS: Lord, I realise that I often wear a mask in other to fit in and find acceptance. Today I make a decision to find acceptance in You. As You overwhelm me with Your love continue to change me into your image. Amen