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Posted March 05, 2014
First of all...Why I don't put a Mask Theme on the website:
I get emails a lot with questions about using a Mask Theme and wanting ideas so I thought I'd just share why I don't put a Mask Theme on the website for everyone's benefit.
I know women's groups have used this theme and I have seen online where ladies have used it in their churches and went in the Mardi Gras direction with beads and Mardi Gras masks.
I look at Mardi Gras kind of like I do Halloween. It's got a long history and not so good. There is just a whole element of Mardi Gras which is of a worldly nature.
Also, I don't like the association of a Mask Theme with masquerade masks either as they come from the masquerade balls. Those verses in Proverbs comes to mind.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Proverbs 4:14, 15
Anyways, that is my reason for staying away from it. You may choose to agree or not to agree.
I think it would maybe be okay if you stayed away from the Mardi Gras and the masquerade aspect of it, but I don't want to put ideas for it on the website as I don't want to seem to be promoting some of the stuff that you could easily get carried away with.
I do think that it is a good topic for a devotional because I do realize that we as Christians do wear "masks" as it were. We don't let people in. We try to hide our true selves. We put on a front and other things.
For that reason I am going to share some devotional thoughts on "masks" for you that I've had in my notes and didn't really do anything with.
These are more "starters" for you to broaden and rework as I didn't fully develop these thoughts.
What Masks Do
Hides our Imperfections
- We should be proud of who we are.
- God made each of us unique in our own way.
- We are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalms 139:14)
Give us a Hardness
- Makes us have that hard coating.
- Makes us a little gruff.
- We should have kindness in our tongues. (Proverbs 15:1)
- Makes us lose our tenderness.
- As Christians we should be "tenderhearted" (Ephesians 4:32)
Impairs Our Vision
- We don't see things clearly.
- Makes us misjudge. This could be misjudging others or misjudging things.
- Puts things out of perspective.
- "Teach me good judgment and knowledge..." (Psalm 119:66)
Prevents the Light
- Masks prevent the light from seeping in. Do we let the True Light seep in?
- As we develop this shell of a mask, do we let our Bible reading slide?
- "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Makes Others Stay Away
- Masks help us avoid getting close to others.
- We need that fellowship (1 John 1:7)
- In Acts the early church was "breaking bread from house to house" (Acts 2:46). That's the model that was left for us. That koinonia kind of fellowship.
- Masks hinder friendships. We need the encouragement and advice of friends. (Proverbs 27:9; Proverbs 27:17)
Hides our Identity
- We are children of the King. (John 1:12)
- We need to get out from behind the mask and let our light shine. (Matthew 5:16)
Copyright ©2014 Julia Bettencourt
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