Karen chose the following quote for us to write about:
"You can't cling to a mask and God at the same time."
~ Dr. Juli Slattery~
Beyond the Masquerade: Unveiling the Authentic You
The first thought I had after reading that quote was:
Let's get real!
Why kid myself?
God not only sees everything I do but He sees into my heart and sees the reason I do what I do.
And I'm not talking about excusing behavior here. I mean that He sees beyond the action ...to the motive.
And that's what's most important to Him.
We can't hide behind a mask of doing all the "right things".
Maybe you do a few or all of the following:
- Go to church every Sunday morning and evening
- Attend Wednesday night prayer meeting
- Teach Bible study or attend a group study
- Do volunteer work
- Collect food for the food bank
- Always saying yes to every request without praying about it
If you're doing it to be seen by others, that's not the right motive.
If it's out of the outflow of a heart of love for God, well now we're talking.
Hiding behind a mask of good works or perfectionism or always smiling and saying you are fine when your life is falling apart ...
Is that really being authentic?
Yes, we must be a bit cautious with whom we share. But I've recently been humbled by admitting I needed help. How thankful I am for the awesome friends who have given from their heart so generously to me. If I hid behind my mask of 'everything is just fine', I'd miss out on the blessing of receiving love.
I'd much rather be the one doing the giving. It's harder for me to receive. But the Lord provides opportunities for each of these. After going through trials, we become more sensitive to the needs of others. I know I will have many opportunities to share with others in the future.
Blessings and love,