Drop The Mask
Today, I want to ask you all to take off your mask.
I’m not talking about a literal mask – instead, I’m referring to the emotional masks that we all wear.
Because on top of our makeup lies a front – an exterior projection of how we want the world to see us; a personality layer that we add on top of the true version of ourselves to fit certain situations.
Our masks represent the edited and accentuated versions of ourselves, the selves that we prefer to show to others – often concealing the parts of ourselves that we don’t wish to display.
We all do it.
And for a lot of the time, we may not even realise the masks are there – that is, until the masks start to work against us.
For instance, if you grow up in a family where showing emotion or crying is frowned upon, you may learn to develop a tough exterior and shrug off any hard-hitting emotion – this is your mask. You might live all your life, never showing true emotion and subconsciously suppressing everything – but deep down, emotions might really effect you.
Wouldn’t it be better to drop the illusion of who we think we should be, and just be who we actually are?
Whatever mask you wear, a mask is a protective barrier that hides our insecurities that we are not enough, or that we are not as others would like us to be. Of course, there are varying degrees of self-doubt between everyone – one person might constantly seek external validation while another may only feel pings of self-doubt in stressful situations.
The harm in this is that constantly wearing a mask or keeping up an illusion can be utterly exhausting, and ultimately, detrimental to relationships in our lives that thrive on the traits that we’re pretending we have.
So today, I’m asking you to try something – drop your mask.
And then, make a conscious effort today not to put that mask on. Catch yourself out trying to wear it, and see if being authentic makes you feel uncomfortable.
Have the courage to be the REAL you - fearless, raw, authentic! Who knows… you may just find that being the real you is far more satisfying.
A Prayer for Taking Off the Mask:
“God, I don’t want to pretend to be somebody else. Please give me the courage to stand in my conviction; to be fearlessly myself and to be the best possible ‘me’ that I can be.
To be someone else would be a waste of who I am and all that my potential may be able to achieve, and I’m grateful for all the gifts that I possess… even the ones that I can’t see just yet.
I ask that you show me the way and loosen the chains on the mask that I’ve put on. It doesn’t protect me and I’m ready to let go.
In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”