We all wear masks at times. We hide behind them. We hide who we really are. We attempt to project a different version of ourselves. A version that either people will like or leave alone, depending on what we want. The real us is the one God loves and accepts (the masked you). However, His desire is for you to be known and loved not only by Him but by others. For that to happen, you need to drop the mask. It’s hard – I know.
Sometimes the mask we wear is abrasive to others. We don’t intend to be curt or short with others, but that “outer us” may be telling them not to come close. Maybe have been wounded in the past and we are not letting you close enough to wound us again. We have been slapped before. We do not want to be slapped again. (Often, the false person – the one behind the mask – is the one doing the slapping. We may say, “I’m sorry that wasn’t like me.” But
Try being brutally open and honest with God. Share your whole heart with Him. Cry out to Him. Let Him heal you. As you heal, you can reach out to others who wear masks and are hurting and help them be loved by God.