Friday, March 25, 2016

The Mask

I remember reading a poem a couple years ago entitled, "The Mask."
I cried through the whole thing because it described me so well.  It basically stated that every human being wears a 'mask.'  That 'mask' can be anything from popularity, to money, to brashness.  Whatever your security is.

This past year has been extremely difficult for me emotionally and spiritually.
We went through a move and I had to leave all my friends, opportunities, and sense of security behind.  We didn't move that far away, but I've moved before and moving brings to the surface a lot of buried anger and bitterness.
I had also been hurt pretty deeply by various people.  My self esteem took a serious blow.  After we moved, I found myself building walls to protect myself.  I shied away from social functions, making new friends, and God.
I've always been an introvert, but recently I've become painfully shy.  Because of those walls I've built, I find myself becoming something of a hermit.  I give off the vibe of unfriendly or uninterested.  Really, that's the last thing I want.

So, I came to this realization the other day that I am not honoring God.  In fact, I have been pushing Him away and dishonoring Him by my pessimistic, poor-me attitude.  It's always been my dream to do great things for God.  But I can't very well do that when I'm sitting in my room feeling sorry for myself.
It's time for me to get outside of my comfort zone and get out in the world.  It's time for me to take off my mask.

It's not easy.

It's one of the hardest things I have ever done.

But, by God's grace, I will do it.

This Easter, my challenge to you  is to find your 'mask' and then take it off.

Yes, it exposes you.

Yes, it's uncomfortable.

But until we take that mask off we cannot live our full potential for Jesus Christ and He is truly what matters.