Removing the Mask and Finding Grace

Sometimes the scary thing is to remove the mask, not to put it on.

Brandon J. Adams

Jesus isn't fooled by our masks...and doesn't need to be.Every Halloween, I would disguise myself as someone who’s got it together.

I would watch as everyone donned costumes of fairies or vampires or Jedi (it seems to have been mostly Jedi the last two years) and pounded the rainy ground on October 31. They’d walk along the dark, gridded streets, collecting energy pills like a breezy outdoor Pac-Man game, and I thought those were their masks.

Before that, I’d come to church and sit amongst everything I am trying to become. Wise, selfless, surrendered believers. Countryside middle-classers. Leaders who understand how to influence people, how to get stuff done in a community. Couples in the glow of early parenthood who somehow show up to service perfectly coiffed and groomed despite the tribe hanging off their arms. Older families who have already raised their tribes into true-blue adult disciples (a more mammoth task every decade). Decent, hardworking folks who seem to be doing just fine.

And I’d think they…

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5 thoughts on “Removing the Mask and Finding Grace

  1. Brandon you are learning wisdom as you grow older and you know what? We never stop learning. We all wear masks, especially when we try to fit in, make an impression or interview for a job. I guess we don’t want to appear weak or drop our guard. God is our shield and takes our mask away. It’s no longer necessary because in his eyes we have become perfect through Christ. Self confidence comes when we have the courage to be who we are even with our flaws. Then we are set free.

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