When Masks Slap


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 is was you. We must take responsibility for what our mask does. It is not an appropriate excuse to just say, “that is just the way I am.” Each of us must be transformed to look more like Christ each and every day. To do that, we have to take off the mask and throw it away.

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.

From God’s Word:

Psalm 77

Dr. Doug Dees

When I am helping people find their sweet spot in ministry, I feel alive. When I am teaching with application of what God is saying, I feel alive. When I am helping a church re-think who they are and how to get done what God wants, I feel alive. As long as I feel like I am helping us all become more of who He wants us to be, I sense a smile from my Abba Father. Contact Doug

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