What A Man Says
Over the course of this year we have seen many changes. One of the most evident is when we go out and see everyone wearing masks. For the majority of people in the world this is not something that they are used to. I have heard many people say that the thing that they most struggle with when they go out now is that you cannot see people smile, or make any expression really. Because of this it is more difficult to know how someone is feeling and what emotions they are experiencing. When I thought about this though I suddenly realized something about masks that I had not thought about before.
For so long in our modern society, and in fact since the beginning of mankind, people have always worn masks. These masks may not be on our faces, but we still put them on. We become afraid that if people knew who we truly were on the inside they would reject us. So we go through the process of putting on a covering, a mask that hides our inner self. We are left with internal life and an external life. The internal is where we really live. It contains what we truly think in our minds and feel in our hearts. The external life, the mask that we wear, is what we want people to think that we feel and who we want people to think that we truly are.
I can say that I know exactly what this is like because for many years in my life I lived in this type of existence. On the surface, in my external life, the life that I allowed people to see, I was a successful husband, father, business person and leader at my church. I spoke well and presented the image of confidence but the reality was, just like we wear masks on our faces at this time, this show was simply a mask. The dark reality was that I was in a dark place, depressed and buried under the weight and the consequences of sin. One thing that is true, however, is that no matter how well we try to cover up the truth and hide the things that we do not want people to see, the truth will always come out. When this happened in my life it was a time in which I would either come to the Lord in true submission and repentance, or make the decision to reject Him. Praise God that He touched me and I submitted to His rule in my life.
My life has drastically changed, and I can now say that when people see me, they are not seeing an act or a mask over my life anymore. I have been set free to be transparent and to allow others to see the true me. I have been given freedom by God to stop hiding, to admit my sin, to admit my failing and to repent and trust in Him for all things. If you are reading this and you know that you have been living with a mask on over your life, then this is the time. This is Jesus talking to you and asking to take off the mask that is covering your life and allow His presence to restore you and renew you.