Masks are worn as a disguise. Masking or hiding the truth and displaying a false front to the audience. One definition describes a mask as a manner or expression that hides one's true character or feelings; a pretense. The masks that we wear to hide who we really are.
The masked us is not really our true selves. Masks are things we can put on and take off. When we wear one mask for this group and another mask for that group, we aren't being our true selves. We are portraying a part. Putting on a good front.
I have utilized masks in my lifetime. Most of us have. Sometimes they feel like a safety net or even a protective device. They help us cope or keep us together when we are falling apart. Our masks can be on tight or not at all, depending on the circumstances. It's when we can have the courage to drop the pretense of a perfect life or some other thing we think we should be portraying, that's when we can find our true selves.
God already knows are true selves. He sees us at our best and at our worst. He lives in us. Knows us inside and out. No need for pretense. He will help you through whatever hurtle you're overcoming if you'll lean on Him. He will help you find strength in and through Him. Strength from the inside out instead of the false external mask.
Being the real you, warts and all, is the part of the process of finding out who you are in God. It's part of becoming who God created you to be. No more pretending. No more masks. You. The real you.
Jeremiah 17: 9-10 MSG
“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”