Wearing masks

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During the current COVID-19 crisis, I wear a mask when I’m indoors in a public place. I’d love to show you a picture of me with sunglasses, mask, and hat. There is nothing that is recognizable or that identifies me…other than the poor choices that I make for my wardrobe (but that’s another story for another time).

The other day I was walking around Home Depot in my under cover outfit. I ran into an old friend. We’d know each other for at least 10 years. We talked for 3 or 4 minutes. As I turned to leave he said something that I’ve been thinking about now fort a while. He said, “Who are you?” He had been carrying on a conversation with me without knowing it was me. We both laughed about it. But…

Think about it. Are we so masked that people, even close friends and family members don’t know who we are? Are we so guarded that people closest to you don’t know there real you? Do they only see the mask? I know that life and circumstances are sometimes difficult. But, I can’t help but think of the Message paraphrase found in 2 Corinthians 4:1-2. Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games.

Wear a mask to protect you from disease. Take off your mask to be your best authentic self.

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