In today’s society, we are taught to act, talk, look, and ultimately be presentable to those around us. If we are around our family or friends, we may act one way, but if we are around those in authority or people who may not know us that well, we may present ourselves in a completely different manner. We are told to dress our best, doll our face up with layers of makeup, build our muscles as big as we can get them by lifting weights, etc.
In reality, we are influenced to not be ourselves. We are lied to and replay in our minds daily the thoughts of, “Am I good enough?” “What will they think?” “How do I talk to him/her without being judged for who I am?” “_(fill in the blank)_____________” Because of our insecurities and fears, we put on a mask so we can hide our faults, imperfections (by the way, NOBODY is perfect but Jesus Christ), and struggles. We are afraid to be authentic because we fear we aren’t worth it or won’t “fit in.” This is something I see all the time, and it’s something I battle with too.
So, how do we get past this issue?
No matter if you are 8 years old or 80, we have to remind ourselves that we were uniquely created by God.
If someone says that your eyebrows are uneven (I’ll even admit that mine are) or that you are not good enough to do a certain task, believe that God has a purpose for every flaw, and that is to give Him glory. What may be a flaw to you is something that God sees as potential. Maybe you aren’t talented when it comes to technology but you are talented at playing music or encouraging others…that is amazing! We all have differences, but we can use our different qualities to work together and further the kingdom of God. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Isn’t it mind blowing that the God of this universe thought of you and created you differently than everyone else? I encourage you to live your life the way God intended for you to so that you can fulfill what He has placed on your heart to do. Nobody can say that you aren’t good enough because God says you are (Romans 8:31 – “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?). We all have different abilities and spiritual gifts that we can offer to serve the Lord and others, and because of that, we can fluently work together with others on areas that we may or may not have in common with them (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
Don’t wear a mask. Don’t let this world criticize you for something God gave you. Own up to your faults and learn from them. You learning from your mistakes could be the reason that God brings someone closer to Him. Whether you are black or white, Asian or Mexican, short or tall, skinny or over weight, or quiet or loud, you have a reason for being here. Use your unique body to glorify God and ask Him to show you how to accept yourself for who He has created you to be. Don’t try to change yourself to please man. Changes should only be made to please God. He will put the right people in your path who will accept you for who you truly are. Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that is a story. Share that story with the world because you could be the next person God uses to impact those around you.