No one likes to wear a mask. We’ve all heard and possibly been involved in the debates about whether they help control the spread of COVID-19. But, I wonder how many of us were wearing a mask before COVID-19 even became a thing.
I’m talking about the type of masks that the people around us see on us but may not even realize that we’re wearing. These are masks that are less about protecting those around us and more about protecting the wearer. These masks are a way of “putting on a show.”
These masks can include but are not limited to:
Looking like you have it “all together” when really things are falling apart. (Note: NOBODY has it “all together”.)
Pretending to be an extravert in order to be included and feel accepted when really you're an introvert and want/need time alone.
Being a know it all even though no one knows it all.
Being strong and being able to handle anything and anyone. (Nobody is that strong!)
Being a people pleaser and only being able to say “yes” and never “no”. (No is an important word to have in your vocabulary!)
Making people think we are secure in ourselves by putting other people down to make ourselves look better than them.
God’s Word tells us, “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
This is telling us that Jesus is the truth and if we know Jesus then we are free. I believe that “the truth will set you free” is also true in other areas of life. When we can get past what other people will think of us, we can be free to not wear a mask and truly be us! God only made one of you and He wants you to be you! If He wanted you to be someone else He would have made you someone else.
Pretending to be something you’re not can be exhausting and it cheats you and those around you by alienating them and making them think they are the only one who has issues. You and your problems may be the very thing someone else needs to see to know that they are not alone in their struggles.
Are you authentically you?
Do you see any area of your life where you are wearing a mask?
Do you feel alone and need someone to be authentic around you?