As the candy and costumes start to overtake the stories and the temperature starts to cool down (hopefully, I’m still holding out that Southern Illinois is like everywhere else) the thoughts of October and the pumpkin flavored drinks start to fill the mind of many. I enjoyed Halloween because it always gave me a time to be something I knew I never would be. It gave me a night to put on a mask!
Masks are scary to most, in fact masks today try to be as scary as you can get them. All the Halloween classics are about masks, Mike Myers, Jason, Freddy, even the superheroes we read and watch movies about have masks. Masks have always represented a bringing of new life. In the ancient days, many regions used masks to embody the gods, whether that means they became that god or just a fallower of that specific god. Warriors use Masks now in Halloween horror movies to represent a new life. If someone is wearing a mask, do you really know what they are capable of or who they are?
Halloween is not the only time we see people wearing masks. Many times when we look into the mirror we see a mask. That mask is something that many times we put on so that we can also live a life that is not ours or a life we wish we had. I was very good at wearing a mask when I was younger. If you met me at church you would think I was this amazing kid who had a wonderful life, but when I was home I would take off my mask and all the questions I had in life, the trials and depression would come out. I started to make a habit of putting on the mask of my new perfect life and not taking care of myself the way God wants us to do. When I was 16 that mask was taken off in front of people, I opened up about life and showed I was not perfect but struggling like everyone else. It took a lot of work because I had this habit of putting on my mask every time I felt like I was not living up to my call as a child of God much less just as a man in the world. But after much work with God through prayer, meditation, studying both scripture and other theological books, I started to realize I didn’t need that mask which was in fact holding me back from being the person I wanted to be. Most importantly it kept me from being the person God saw me as!
As this season’s masks start to come out, I want you to look in the mirror and see if you’re wearing a mask. If you are, know you have a place you can take that mask off! Know God didn’t make you to wear a mask but made you the way He sees fit. You might not be perfect, but you are made in God’s image. Don’t hide that but embrace it and become the person God has created you to be!
Blessings and love,
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