“Who is that boy?”
“What is your name?”
These were common questions I heard each time I took my son to the park when he was little.
Whenever we arrived to play, Tim would pull out his Batman lunchbox, find a private space behind a bush or park bench, and slip into the masked version of Batman.
For hours, he ran around the park swinging, climbing, and shimming up poles all in the name of saving the world. And although this was a common thread at each park we visited, none of his friends caught on to the fact that Tim was the boy behind the mask.
Sisters, may I be honest with you? I have asked the same question about myself from time to time.
Who is the girl behind the mask?
I have been known to slide behind a private space as I enter a room and slip on a mask due to fear, shame, hurt, anger, or doubt.
Why do I walk into a room and replace the beautiful person God created me to be with a mask?
There have been times I considered it weak to reveal the real me. A weak me is a messy me, and who likes weakness and messiness?
When life seems out of control, I still reach into my bag of masks and select the one that I will wear:
The mask of happy, even though my heart is breaking.
The mask that I have it all together, even when I just yelled at my child as they exited the car for school.
The mask of self-sufficiency, even though I’m in sinking sand and too afraid to ask for help.
The mask of a perfect life, even though I’m lonely and longing for realness and relationship.
Can you relate?
What mask do you don as you enter a room? What emotions are you hiding behind the mask of fear because you are afraid that someone might find out the real you? The not-so-perfect you.
Friends, how can we combat the desire to slip on fakeness instead of authentic words and actions?
What steps can we take as sisters to wear the realness of how our Father created us, even when life is messy?
Community. Communication. Created.
CommunitySisterhood will help us slip off the mask and replace it with safety and relationships. When we gather together, we become stronger together. We can cheer each other on to remove the mask and show the hot mess we are at times. Click To Tweet
Truth frees us from fear. When we share honest emotions, freedom marches in and pushes out the darkness of the liar. Satan loves to stir the pot of our feelings. If the dark one can keep us quiet, liberation will never take place. Be brave and speak your truth with a safe sister or friend and say, “I am not okay today.”
In the image of God we are created: perfect and flawless and free. Jesus died on the cross to save us from wearing a mask that will hinder us from relationships and His purpose. God created us in the likeness of Himself to gather together, encourage, and grow each other.
Sisterhood blossoms in our messy and melts away fear.
Lean in and ask God how to shine more of “you” today, even if it is messy.