Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt the urge to make video recordings of messages that God places in my heart. These 5-10 minute bursts of spiritual nuggets have been uplifting to myself and I believe others. However, recently, one of my videos did far better than the others. With no makeup, nice clothes or earrings, I heard the Lord say, “Do it NOW!”
So, I pressed record.
The video was no more impressive than the others previously. The message was relatively the same as the others and encouraged people to live out their God-given potential. However, for some reason, this video had the most shares and conversation. Pretty exciting. RIGHT?
As the video became increasingly popular, I was mortified. All I could think about was how horrible I looked. Trust me, I’m not that vain in normal life. However, imagine a mother of six bouncing out of bed and pressing record. This was the look of the video. Bags under my eyes, no coffee in sight, no pop of mascara, I was straight “naked faced.” With each share, I felt more and more embarrassed. The truth is my true reality was showing. I didn’t have on “my mask.”
Every day we rely on our masks to help us get through life.
Our masks of perfection line up our social media feed. We carry this notion of always putting “our best foot forward.” However, the truth is “our best” is typically a perfectly polished pretend prototype of the reality of our life.
This video showed me that people aren’t hungry for the polished me. They were hungry to hear God’s word speak to their heart. I believe the authenticity of the moment made the video more real and more relatable.
Friends, I believe God is calling us to take off the masks that we so often carry. These masks of perfection place an undue attention on us and ignore the heart of the matters at hand. So many people are just desiring those who are honest from the inside out. Does this mean we never make ourselves look nice or post perfect shots of our family on our Instagram, of course not? However, it does mean choosing moments of vulnerability. It does mean releasing yourself of the pressure of always trying to keep up in a world that is perfectly staged.
I encourage you to wipe off the mask and ask God to reveal the true you. Pray for wisdom on when, how, and to who you can be vulnerable with. Surely sincerity, vulnerability, and authenticity are all clearly interwoven.
I leave you with the following verses to ponder and pray about as you learn to remove the mask of perfection and move towards closer to genuineness with those around you.
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:18
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2