Keeping Up Appearances

Appearances.
It is a topic I am mindful of quite often. Our world endorses masks, and pretending we are fine despite reality. The Pharisees and other religious leaders wore a different kind of mask, but it remained profitless. Their mask made them look very good, but their hearts were “white-washed tombs”. Spiritually dead.

How about us? What kind of masks do we wear, and what are we hiding from others?

  • Physical illness.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fear.
  • Grief of some sort.
  • Reputation

These are just a few of the reasons we can wear masks. Others may not see we wear a mask, but God does. God knows our hearts.


But the Lord said to Samuel,
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things people look at.
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
-1 Samuel 7:16

We can observe, and even make our own masked appearances. Appearing to be someone we aren’t. Maybe hiding, to keep others around. Maybe, masking our appearances and well-being for a different reason. Truth is, keeping a mask won’t profit much of anything. Not to mention, it is exhausting to carry the mask around. It’s heavy and a burden we don’t need to add to our lives. Only a few choices concerning our own masks:

  1. Keep walking around like the walking dead, pretending to be someone else.
  2. Keep everyone at a distance.
  3. Lastly, set boundaries in place for the how and when to share.

In Proverbs, self-control is described as a city’s gates. To prevent destruction, the city’s gates must stay in place. There is wisdom in keeping boundaries in our own lives. We need to know how to honestly share with others, without entrusting our heartfelt situations to the wrong people. Who can we honestly share what is going on in our lives? Who will be there for us to offer prayer and practical help?

When new people come into our lives, we have new possibilities. We can:

  • Pretend everything is fine.
  • Be open to being vulnerable.

What happens when we choose that second option—this one is a deliberate act that will have rough days. We make the choice to allow God to be glorified in the situation, as we testify to His great power and how He is choosing to work in our lives!

See Matthew 23:1-13; Proverbs 25:28

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