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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Masking Your Fear

With all the confusion, disinformation, and disagreement regarding face masks today. It is safe to say the requirement to wear masks has emerged as one of the most divisive issues of our day.

In addition, being unwilling to wear a mask is being equated to being both ignorant and uncaring. This is causing people to become increasingly more concerned with how they are perceived by others. The idea we are not good or caring enough appears to be terrifying to many causing them to reassess their lives and priorities.

This perspective fits perfectly with our current climate of division, outrage, and fear.

I contend, before we give in to this paradigm, we need to ask ourselves why we feel the way we feel about the issues being touted as the most egregious. Is it because we share this belief or, are we just conforming to appear complaint?

Why does this matter? Because it has become unacceptable and inexcusable if we are unwilling to submit to even the most unreasonable request. Today, instead of asking why, we seem to be asking am I doing enough. This is where we must determine if our feelings are warranted or if we are simply masking our fear of being viewed as subversive or hateful?

We must ask ourselves, is it fear that has created a willingness to comply, or are we compliant because of that fear?

Whatever the answer, the reality is many do not understand the affect submitting to the crowd can have. In fact, it has always been the willingness to question everything that has created individual and corporate excellence.

So, the question is are we willing to admit the mask we may be hiding behind is for others and not for us? If so, are we willing to remove our mask and show the world exactly who we are.

My hope in writing this is to encourage someone to step out of the shadows and lead. Our world needs people who are unmasked, unashamed and unafraid.

Until then, the mask we wear may be all we contribute to society. You see, “masking your fear” does not remove fear, it just prolongs the time until we will ultimately have to face it.

Remember, “masking your fear” is not how you find resolution. Facing your fear is how we do that.

So, why not take the mask off and conquer the fear that made you wear it in the first place?

Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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