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The word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine + cera = meaning without wax or mask.
To be sincere means to be without a mask, to be genuine, to be who we really are.
Everyday I see people wearing masks; different kinds of mask. The sad thing is that most of them are not aware they are wearing masks. Oftentimes, they confused their true selves with fake ones.
I used to be bullied in college by a classmate. He pushed people around. But when I really looked inside that big guy, I saw a whimpering, crying child in constant desperation for attention.
No, I don't hate those who wear masks most of the time; I pity them.
Mina is always updated with new gadgets and dress and shoes and what have you. She is a pleaser. All these are fronts. Deep within is a crying girl whose real need is an unconditional acceptance.
So, shall we go around, hunt pretenders and tear down their masks? No. Our duty as Christians is to create a safe and loving environment where people wouldn't need for masks anymore, where people could be imperfect yet loving, where people could be comfortable to be themselves.
This is what Jesus meant when He told Zacchaeus
to come down from a Sycamore tree: it’s a way of saying, ‘You don’t need your wealth, nor your influence, nor your bullying. I accept you as you are…’
Genuine people have less need for effects, accessories and make-ups.
Fake people are complicated, while genuine ones are simple, uncomplicated.
This is why, however cliché it may sound, simple is beautiful…
May Your unconditional love
Unmask our pretentions
And make us accept our true identity
As Your children,
Loving and beautiful,
In Jesus’ Name.
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