Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:16
For some people, pretending is a way of life. Consider these comments on the issue of hiding behind a veil:
Don't be fooled by me. Don't be fooled by the face I wear. I wear a mask. I wear a thousand masks-masks that I am afraid to take off; and none of them are me.
Pretending is an art that is second nature to me, but don't be fooled. For my sake, don't be fooled. I give the impression that I am secure, that all is sunny and unruffled within me as well as without; that confidence is my name and coolness my game, that the water is calm and I am in command; and that I need no one. But don't believe me, please. My surface may seem smooth, but my surface is my mask, my ever-varying and ever-concealing mask.
Beneath lies no smugness, no complacence. Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, in fear, in aloneness. But I hide that.... I panic at the thought of my weakness and fear of being exposed. That's why I frantically create a mask to hide behind-a nonchalant, sophisticated facade-to help me pretend, to shield me from the glance that knows. But such a glance is precisely my salvation, my only salvation, and I know it. That is, if it's followed by acceptance; if it's followed by love.
It's the only thing that can liberate me from myself, from my own self-built prison wall, from the barriers I so painstakingly erect....
Who am I, you may wonder. I am someone you know very well. I am every man you meet. I am every woman you meet. I am every child you meet. I am right in front of you. Please...love me.
H. Norman Wright
What are your thoughts concerning this passage? Are you a person who wears many masks, or have you learned to embraced the real you and live authentically?