We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld
I came across the quote above recently in a book I am reading. My reaction was to recognize its truth, but to say, “but you can’t hide from God.” That is why prayer is so important. We know that our true feelings and our real self are known to God, and we can talk about the masquerade we are participating in, and ask that we have the strength and courage to throw off our disguises, especially to ourselves.
Have you ever felt like that you have been disguising who you are from the world for so long you don’t even know who you are anymore? If you have those feelings you are not unique. You are not by yourself, and God understands why you’ve hid your true self. But he also is ready to help you discover yourself again. It is not any easy process, and you will from time to time want to retreat behind the mask, but his help is always there – simply for the asking.