Do you sometimes pretend you’re someone you’re not? Why do we do that? Sometimes it’s easier to hide behind a mask rather than admit to our own failures or insecurities. I have seen plenty of people in the business world put on a “wealthy” face when, in fact, they had very little in their bank account.
It’s all about appearance. If you want people to take you seriously, you must look a certain way. Isn’t that right? I know in our coaching business I run into people who are afraid to do videos because they are conscious of their appearance or lack confidence in what they might say. We can often tell ourselves “stories” that are not true that limit our greatness. God can see our hearts. He knows the truth.
Today’s verse (vs 7) “Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.” It goes both ways. Sometimes the wealthy get tired of all the attention and responsibility that comes with having riches and want to just be “normal.” You’ve probably seen movies with that story line, and there, of course, are legends as well of kings leaving their palace to be with the commoners.
Didn’t Jesus do that? Didn’t he leave his throne on high to become one of us? Jesus never “pretended” to be someone he wasn’t. He was always God, and he was always human. His life on earth was not full of riches and privilege. Yet, his heavenly kingdom has no end. As children of God, we all have access to that kingdom. Our true riches are in heaven, what we have on earth is only temporary. Being a follower of Christ could be one of those things we keep hidden from view, but that’s not a good thing, is it?
Do you spend time and energy trying to be someone you’re not? That’s a question we shouldn’t just gloss over. Many of us are afraid to let the world see our true colors. Are we ashamed? Do we lack confidence? In our business, I have learned to step into my authority. I have something to share and I don’t want to keep it to myself. But at the same time, I want to be the authentic me. People who work with us soon see we are real people. We have just found ways to embrace our talents to help others.
When I stopped trying to be someone else, everything changed. I used to look at other people, and wish I was more like them. I would try to act like them, talk like them, etc. That doesn’t work. It wasn’t me. My focus needed to be on making me the best me I could. There are lots of ways to do that. Stepping into my own greatness has been the best thing for me.
Do I still try to pretend? Yes. But I recognize it and realize how I am special. God made me the way I am, and I’m okay with that. Instead of trying to be something I’m not, I’m doing all I can to be a more authentic and valuable me.
How about you? Are you hiding behind a mask? Are you afraid to let the world see the real you? Remember, God made you just the way you are. You are a masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” It’s time to get on with things. Be you, the you God has created. His masterpiece.
Let’s pray … Lord, thank you for your Word and how it speaks to me. Just when I am feeling a little unsure of my place in this world, your wisdom and counsel speaks to my soul. Thank you for the reminder that you have made me for such a time as this. You are inside me. It is time we let the world see the real me whom you have prepared. Help me to step out in bold faith and trust you. Use me to help others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.