Throw the Mask in the Trash.

Your Facebook status says, “everything is great-life couldn’t be any better!” The smile on your face as you walk into a room tells everyone that you’re doing well. But, behind the Facebook statuses and the smiles, you’re not doing fine. In fact, you’re struggling, hurting, feeling empty, and lonely. If this at all reflects your life currently, let me encourage you that there is freedom from such a life.

Recently, if I may be candid for a moment, my life has been an acting job. If one could be nominated for an Academy Award for living a fake life, I would win the award hands down. Behind my “everything is great” attitude and positive outlook on life, my soul has been downcast for quite a while. Even though I’ve tried to hide my feelings behind a pasted-on smile, I knew that I was dying on the inside and I couldn’t continue living like this. Something had to change. And it did.

This past week or so, I feel like I have trashed the mask and got real with what’s going on inside of me. I’ve realized that even though I may feel down or struggle with life, God welcomes my authenticity. Even the writer of Psalm 42, who felt lonely and depressed, poured out his true feelings to God. Look at the realness of the author:

“My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be…Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” (v.4a-5a).

He didn’t hold back his words with God, nor was he fake about what he was going through. He was real. And God welcomed it!

If you’re reading this and you’re living a fake life behind the mask, take it off and lay it at feet of Jesus. He cares for you, loves you, and desires you-the REAL you. And when you realize that God isn’t looking for an actor, but someone who can say, “God, I’m hurting, desperate and I need You”, freedom sinks in to the depths of your heart and soul.

I can’t guarantee you that life will be instantly amazing  when you come out behind the mask. Even as I write this, I still battle the pain of deep struggle. Yet, in the pain and the hurt, I have hope. And so will you. The same hope that the lonely psalmist had:

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I WILL put my hope in God! I WILL praise him again-my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 42:5-6, emphasis mine).

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One Response to “Throw the Mask in the Trash.”

  1. Tammy Gilchrist Says:

    I loved everything about this article! Especially the name- Throw the Mask in the Trash!
    I try to remind myself that usually when we are going through something, there is someone in our life that has gone through the exact same thing! Thats why God put so many cool people in our life!
    Personally- I have felt the closest to God when I have hit rock bottom! His grace is amazing!
    You are Loved and appreciated Eric Lapata! (so is your cute wife!)

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