Today’s post is a post my friend Alan Van Hooser posted on his blog, “The Faithful Pastor last month. After reading it I asked his permission so I wanted to share it with you today. I enjoyed it, I hope you will too
Face coverings come in many styles ranging from industrial-disposable blue to fashion-colored bling. One man, seen at Kroger, wore one with the lower half of his own face printed on it. They help filter any COVID laden spit, can help our current crisis and certainly won’t hurt anything. Yet, some choose to go without them.
There another mask that we choose to wear to make us feel safer. It won’t help but does hurt and some choose to wear them anyway. This is the false face we often put on our true self. I don’t mean a positive atitude in a bad situation or the courtesy of not unpacking your emotional junk in a social situation. This mask is the stress inducing false face that we wear before others when we think we aren’t enough.
Face coverings mess up our communications. From Travis Bradberry, (wearing masks)“…our facial expressions are blocked. And we rely on facial expressions to understand emotions when words are mismatched with tone even more than you might think. According to a UCLA study, facial expressions account for 55% of successful communication when words and tone sound inconsistent.” Protective masks can create misunderstanding in communication, whether intentional or not.
Far more destructive is the face-covering of the false self. The energy needed to maintain it is exhausting. We often believe the lie and even think we can hide our true self from God. This denies access to God’s forgiveness and blocks the daily living communion with God that we desperately need. This mask tells God to step back, that we are the authors of our faith, and we lose the capacity to be genuine with God or people.
Romans 12:9-13 says, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”
This describes the true face of faith, the place of healing and the source of peace. The genuine life is loving, rejoicing, hope filled and lived in ACTION. So, live well. Cover your mouth and nose. Uncover your heart. You are His beloved, you are enough and you don’t need the false stuff. This is where true life comes from. Live it well.
My thanks to Alan for sharing his blog with us today. If you liked what you read check his blog out at “The Thoughtful Pastor.”