Hiding behind the mask.


Keeping it real. How many times have you heard that comment? Those three words have a deep meaning. Every day we face life…real life…life that can sometimes be almost unbearable. We all live on a roller coaster, riding through each day with our ups and downs. There is not one human being that doesn’t face difficulties in their lives. We all struggle. The problem is, this world has made it difficult to be honest about our struggles. It has become an acting game with the actors being everyone around us. We find ourselves putting on the mask…putting up the walls…and covering the realities we are going through. We plaster on fake smiles…clothe ourselves to appear as if we are “just fine”…and hide the reality of what’s going on within us. This is the most difficult thing to do each day…but we all manage to perform our roles of acting quite well. Occasionally someone comes along who we trust just enough to share a small portion of what is hidden behind our masks. Even then, our guards are up, and we rarely disclose everything. Why has the world gotten to this point? Why are we all walking around pretending that real life isn’t happening? We should all be helping each other press through the difficulties…because we all have wisdom we could share…if we were willing to be honest with each other. The problem with that…is that we have all experienced the world’s harsh judgment. Why do we judge each other, when we are all facing similar things at some point in our lives? God desires for us to seek His help in all we do, and He asks us to love one another and help each other…not judge one another. If we keep it real…the reality is…the person standing next to you is probably dealing with the same issues you are. Let’s stop judging people, and start helping people press through it. God has given us free will to live our lives and make our decisions. Begin praying for God to give you discernment of who you can begin sharing your life reality with. God will begin drawing you towards the right people who can begin encouraging you through the difficulties. As with everything in life, it all begins with prayer to God, and the willingness to allow God to guide your way.

Jesus said: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” MATTHEW 7:1-4

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” JOHN 13:34-35

God is with us.


© Layla Freeman – Author of Layla’s Light 2016
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