Over Christmas, my niece asked me to read something she wrote for her blog. I had no idea it would impact and rock my world. She eloquently expressed something we walk through each day. Many of us don’t realize it. Many of us do but don’t feel safe enough to change. Raeley gives some practical yet profound statements.
What is this topic?
Here is an excerpt:
Hiding behind masks or personas is something that people from all walks of life do. I know that in high school I felt like I had to pretend to be like the other girls in order to to fit in, but even then, I still felt like I didn’t belong. I’ve seen my pre-teen little sister act differently around different friend groups. I’ve read about people that were married and had a good life, but since they were always pretending, they were miserable.
Oh Raeley… how true!
In marriages we pretend. So many marriages are hurting but to the outside world, even to the kids, adults pretend – or are too scared to admit the truth – even to themselves.
In churches we pretend. Oh how the church pretends to be Ok. Church should be our safe place, but often times it’s the scariest place to be. The place we wear masks the most. I have a testimony about this that I will share with you soon.
Even with God we pretend. It all started with Adam and Eve and the fig leaves. Raeley has some good stuff to say about that!
Another nugget from Raeley:
Every day is a battle. In order to live every day without hiding behind a mask, I have to let the reality of God’s love seep in and reside in my heart.
Amen! There is so much more to this article. I STRONGLY encourage you to read it. Savor it. Print out some of the quotes and tape them to your mirror. As you put on make up or brush your teeth, remind yourself –
You don’t need a mask.
You are loved so deeply by a God who covers you with His grace.
Walk in that love.
Because when you take off your mask, maybe, just maybe the person next to you will take off theirs too. And what beauty you both will find.
Please, take the time to read that article. And if it touches you, leave a comment on it to encourage others. (And let Raeley know her Aunt Kimberly sent you!)