Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Masks We Wear

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
              We Wear the Mask

    WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
    This debt we pay to human guile;
    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
    And mouth with myriad subtleties.
    Why should the world be over-wise,
    In counting all our tears and sighs?
    Nay, let them only see us, while
            We wear the mask.
    We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
    To thee from tortured souls arise.
    We sing, but oh the clay is vile
    Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
    But let the world dream otherwise,
            We wear the mask!
We wear masks each and ever day and hide our true intentions. They show the fake smiles and familiar greetings. Masks cover up our true impressions and our deep emotions. Sometimes we figure if we can cover them up no one will notice and no one will see our true selves. We hide our hurts and sorrows behind the masks and never see the damage inside. The emptiness is hidden behind the masks but never goes away.

God sees the heart of men no matter how good we get at hiding behind the masks.

1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD told Samuel, "Don't look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart."

Humans look at the outward appearances of each other. The best looking man or woman usually gets the promotion. The richer or well off kids are the most popular ones at school or church. We see the outward and make our judgments or assumptions.  God sees us for who we are and loves us no matter what. He gave his Son for all of our deepest hurts and pains. He desires to reveal them to us, so we don't stay bound to the hidden things.

Masks are not good. They prevent the world for seeing our true intentions. Why do we so readily hide behind them? Many people don't want to let others in fully into their world. They are afraid for people to see their true hearts or of their secret skeletons.

 We never truly find healing when we hide behind the self made masks. We are never free until we allow the Lord to free us.

Isaiah 53:5  He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds.

Jesus loves being the mask crusher. He loves healing us from our hidden secrets and making us free.

Masks keep our relationships on the surface. God is calling us to deeper relationships. The Gospel is about building stronger relationships and lifting each other up. We need each other. We were not created to have just shallow acquaintances. We were meant to take off the masks and really get to know each other. Our spiritual DNA was instilled inside of us to be closer and more real with each other.

Holy relationships help spread the Message like wild fire. This is why we don't need masks. Masks prevent the Message from spreading and from infiltrating the hearts of mankind.

Remove the masks and allow the Lord to bring healing. Allow your relationships to go deeper and beyond the surface. Take the risks  and allow your heart to be revealed to the right people. God is faithful. He stands right there with us.
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