What if I Took Off My Mask of Perfection?


For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,

but of power, love, and self-discipline.

- 2 Timothy 1:7

“You’re a sweet girl, but…”

With those four words, my perfect mask was shattered. There was no more pretending, no more hiding what was going on in my life. I broke with those four words. The perfect life I had attempted to convince others I was living was destroyed, and every ugly truth came babbling out. The truth is: I’m not okay, I don’t understand a lot of what is going on in my life and head right now, and I’d rather stay in bed all day every day than get up and be a functioning human being. The truth is: the perfect person I want everyone to believe exists is merely a shell of a human being that will never exist. The truth is: perfection is absolutely unattainable on this earth.

For so long, it was my ultimate goal to seem perfect to others. Perfect marks in school, perfect job, perfect friends, perfect spiritual life, etc. In my mind, I had most everyone in my life convinced of my false perfection. I almost had myself convinced of my false perfection.

But, you see, what I’ve learned recently is that I don’t have to be perfect. Praise God! The best news is that no matter what others think of me, God thinks of me as perfect because of His Son dying on the cross in place of my lack of perfection - in the place of my sin.

I don’t have to wear the mask of perfection because God sees my imperfection and loves me anyway.

Reflection

1. Where have you been wearing a mask of perfection in your life?

2. What steps can you take towards taking off that mask and letting others see the real you?

Prayer

God, I don’t have much to say today except thank You. Despite how I am feeling, I know You have complete control and I am trusting in that. I’m grateful for that, Father.

Amen.

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