What if I Took Off My Mask of Expectations?


For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the

Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

- 2 Corinthians 3:17

I feel like a puppet on a hundred different strings. Each string belongs to a different individual who has their own expectations of me. And those expectations are controlling. None of them seem to work together, yet each controller wants me to meet their expectations, with no exceptions. I feel myself being pulled in so many different directions and the anxiety builds up within my chest. I know in my heart that I can’t do it all.

But I try to make it work. I so desperately try to please everyone, but I find it resulting in chains being bound around my wrists. It’s as if I collect these expectations, and I start to become entangled in them.

But this isn’t who I am. This isn’t who I was created to be. This is a mask, and it certainly isn’t a pretty one. As I try to fight the hold of these expectations, the mask falls down over my eyes. I lose sight of what’s important and who I am. The puppet strings are all tied to this mask.

I can’t help but dream of what it would be like if the mask were to fall off. What if those ties around my wrists could be broken? What would it feel like to no longer live under the expectations of others?

FREEDOM: The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

I’d be set free.

I’d be set free from the weight of worry, from the all consuming need to live up to unrealistic expectations of man, and free from living life confined to those restrictive puppet strings.

That beautiful life is only found in Jesus. Our Lord, our Savior, our Rescuer. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says that the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit abounds, there is FREEDOM.

When you turn your eyes to Him, He steps in, so lovingly and kindly removing the mask from your precious face. Oh, how he delights in you! (Zephaniah 3:17). Striving and struggling are not things that are in the Father’s heart for you. He doesn’t want you to strive and cry and ache to please man. No, those aren’t His intentions.

As that mask falls from your brow, so does every chain tied to each and every expectation that has weighed so heavily on your dear heart. The voices of those surrounding you disappear, and all you hear is the voice of the One who welcomes you and loves you just as you are.

When you’re living in the freedom found in Christ, you’re able to step out in faith and become all who He so greatly desires and designed you to be.

There’s something so life-giving that comes from the freedom found in the removal of that mask. I promise you this: it’s not nearly as scary as you think it’ll be.

Reflection

1. Who are you letting control the puppet strings in your life? What expectations are you striving to meet?

2. How different would your life look if you let God remove your mask? If you didn’t have to worry about the expectations of others, how would you live?

Prayer

Lord, we cannot thank You enough for setting us free. You give us so much grace and mercy. You fill our hearts up with everything we need and You remind us that You love us so deeply, just as we are. Thank You for taking off our masks and for making us brand new in You. Your love is so real and so fulfilling. We adore You, Lord.

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