Put Away the Masks




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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

This past week has been pretty eventful (at least for our family)…

We had a guest from out of town stay with us.
The World Series kicked off.
I was able to attend an Eagles game (that was not in the rain).

And we “celebrated” Halloween.

I have to say, I am 51 years old, and I can’t remember a less eventful Halloween.

The number of kids out there trick or treating was very low and unfortunately, now we are sitting on a bunch of candy that we should have given out 🙁

All that said, the one thing that’s always fun about Halloween is seeing all the costumes that kids dress up in.

Some are just awesome.
Some are a little weird.
And some are a little creepy.

I mean, what’s more off-putting than a knife wielding psycho clown that’s 3-foot tall?

But why are those masks so unsettling at times?

Because, you never know who is really behind them.

Maybe that’s why people love dressing up so much for Halloween

Because it’s the one time a year that being a phony is acceptable, if not cool.

After all, many of us walk around all the time with our masks on, hiding behind images and facades that we have spent years constructing.


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But if we got found out?
If people knew the real us?
If it was known that we were just an everyday mask wearer?

Yea, not so cool.

So when we are given the opportunity to pretend that we are someone we aren’t…

Someone who doesn’t have all the flaws and problems we have…
Someone who goes no deeper than the mask we are wearing…

We jump at these opportunities because our charade is celebrated instead of looked down upon.

Of course, after Halloween we have to go back to reality.

We have to return to our secretive mask wearing and carrying around all the shame that comes with it.

And I have to ask you… Doesn’t that get tiring?

If you struggle with porn, masturbation, lust, or any other number of unwanted sexual behaviors… Aren’t you sick of pretending that everything is fine, and you have all your crap together?

How great would it be if you could be celebrated for your honesty and transparency instead of the false front you portray each and every day?

Masks are great for holidays.

But they completely suck as a way to manage your life.

Ditch the mask.

Refuse shame a place in your life.

Let people see the REAL you. It’s not as scary as you think.

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