Do you have it? Have you bought it yet?
“Bought what,” you ask?
Well of course I am talking about your Halloween mask! This is October and you must have already rushed out to get that special disguise for the big day at the end of the month. Who are you going to be – Batman? Duck Dynasty? Sarah Palin? Roger Goodell? You better hurry up. Just 30 more shopping days to get your “get up” together or you will be stuck with the Halloween leftovers.
It may seem odd that we still get a kick out of dressing up and hiding who we are, even if it is for just a moment. But boy, do we love to do Halloween up right. Some of us plan all year long for one night of secret silliness.
Could it be that we are stimulated by the idea that we can get away with a certain kind of behavior for one day if we are in disguise? Maybe so. Maybe the possibility of being somebody we are not, even if it is for a short time, is too good to pass up. Then November 1st comes, and we realize that we are still the same person we were prior to taking on our temporary identity. It is back to reality and back to being the reputation that we have earned (good, bad, ugly, indifferent, unreliable, unworthy, etc.).
There is freedom in being honest and open. By being transparent we intentionally drop the game of putting on a mask and covering up the reality that is our mess of a life. Being transparent is about being honest with yourself and honest with God so that you can be honest with other people. Transparency is the fabric of solid relationships that have the potential to grow and become treasures in our life. Without transparency, relationships – all relationships – are surface, fake, and fall short of what we hoped they would be.
We are who we are. God knows it, others know it, and we know it, too. Make every effort for others to know the “real you” – warts and all – so that you aren’t living in the fear of them finding out about the “fake you.” Be transparent and see how others will follow your lead and be honest with you. It is a quality that our culture needs much more of. It is certainly a quality that is central to the Christian life: to be holy, live honorably, speak honestly, and share hospitality with all.
I have to warn you that being transparent is an extremely mature and adult way to live, so be prepared to catch people off guard. There will be people who think you are faking it or covering something up. Most of the world is just fine playing pretend and covering up, but that is not who God has called us to be. He has called us to more.
Choose today to be transparent in your relationships with others. Reject the temptation to live full time underneath an identity of false pretenses. Be the original masterpiece that God has created you to be. Find out who you really are and own it. Don’t wear a mask and cover you all up. You are beautiful!
God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:10 – The Message)