Whilst getting ready, my grandson, who’s 4 was chatting to me and as I prepared items to put into my bag for the day ahead he commented,
‘That’s a nice mask, Grammy. Can I see all your masks?’ (I have about 5 – so it didn’t take all that long to look at them!)
It made me smile as I remembered similar conversations with my Gran although it was her jewellery that I wanted to look at and dress up in, not masks.
‘Have masks become an accessory, I wondered?
Will we start to match them to our outfits?
Do we need different ones for special occasions?
Get your latest mask-cessory here!’
As the day went on I felt saddened that, as we wear masks in more places, to protect ourselves and others, we are missing out on seeing the smiles and facial expressions of those around us.
However 2020 is not the first time I’ve worn a mask in my life!
I’ve often hidden my emotions, feelings and opinions behind a facade. This inability to really be myself has been frustrating, annoying and tiring (and probably for those closest to me as well).
‘Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren’t.’ Rick Warren
Learning to be myself, to be real, is still a work in progress for me.
I try to drown out the inner self critical voice that brings me down and instead look to God’s word for affirmation – to read that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made, that I’m a new creation, to understand that God has a good plan for me life, all help me to ‘drop the mask’ and be the person that He has created me to be.
‘Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’ Romans 12:2 NLT
Today can I encourage you to stop hiding your real self behind an emotional mask?
Try to see beyond the physical ones we currently wear, as behind each mask, there is a face and behind that face is a person with a story to share.
Let’s get to know and understand the true version of those we encounter so that they will feel loved and valued by us and by God.
‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’ Oscar Wilde
Written by Susan Hinton (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series