While ironing one afternoon, thought I would also watch a movie and chose ‘Player One.’ I was taken with some rather glaring similarities we are currently experiencing now in this ‘distancing’ season…many of us hiding behind different types of identities and masks!
Although the movie is set into the not too distant future it is a shame how everyone is depicted, wanting to participate in another reality. What really struck me the most were the avatar’s that everyone chose! All wanting to be connected, involved and part of something bigger than themselves but still hidden – with masks on to be ‘invisible’. What a conflict of personalities and not really being ourselves?
The word of God says…
Luke 12:1-3 MSG
[ Can’t Hide Behind a Religious Mask ]’… You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.’
A recent quote I read from blog - https://canonjjohn.com/2020/06/13/behind-the-mask/ says…
“At some point all of us need to stand in front of the psychological equivalent of a mirror, strip away our mask and see ourselves for who we really are. If we want to be loved for who we are, let’s take our ‘mask’ off. Indeed, one benefit of the very best friendships – something I believe we should all aspire to have – is the ability to sit down with them and take off all our masks.” – J.John, Reverend Canon UK
So, I guess the question is – how in this season do we best be ourselves and although having to physically cover up to some extent, not cover up who we really are?
The enemy is going to try as hard as possible to squash and dim every sparkle you have so we should not be helping him out at all! If we encourage the excuses our thoughts come up with, then the enemy wins but if we dash those negative thoughts with loudly professing the very word of God over our lives then we win!
‘… for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!’ – Rom 8:37