The Power in Unmasking

For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits                                                                     eagerly for the children of God to be revealed                                                                                     -Romans 8:19

Perhaps one reason why masquerade balls are so exciting is because participants have the ability to pretend to be someone else for a short time. The possibility of embodying the essence of another allows people to throw off the cares of their life to participate in creating a sense of relief. If only for one night, people have the ability to seek refuge from their reality behind the mask. Yet, while the mask may serve as temporary reprieve, the truth of the matter is that the mask is temporary.

If I can be honest, I used to be a master at masking. I had the ability to hide behind a smile that betrayed me every time I painted it on my face. I had the ability to project a certain image about myself while internally becoming unravelled. It was I who put the mask on in an attempt to be perceived as a certain way. I wanted to have it all together so desperately that I would pretend by any means necessary.

Do you know what masking got me? Nothing positive. In fact, it distanced me further from the people who I loved. It put another barrier between all my friendships and I was the only one suffering. I hid behind my mask while going to war for others. I jumped over things that I shouldn’t have. I played the game so seamlessly that it almost cost me my emotional well-being.

Romans 8:19 reminds us that the whole world waits for the revealing of the children of God. My question is how can you be revealed if you have masked yourself? Which version of you will be revealed? I’ve learned long ago that people aren’t attracted to the you that you pretend to be. They don’t care about the things that you think they care about. In essence, they care about your most authentic self. They care about the person you were created to be. They care about you even the ugly parts.

I want to admonish you to take off the masks. Take off the unnecessary weight that you’ve put on and reveal your truth to the world. It is so unfortunate that we are cower away from authenticity, but I believe in order to live your best life, you have to unmask.

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