Beautiful, Courageous You

Masters of the Masquerade


The most courageous decision I have ever made was the moment when I decided to take off my masks… my social mask, my school-mum mask, my corporate trainer mask, my church mask and every other ‘face’ that was not the real me.

Max Lucado, in his book Six Hours One Friday, describes our desperate desire to disguise our true -self…

“We are masters of the masquerade. Cars are driven to make a statement. Jeans are purchased to portray an image. Accents are acquired to hide a heritage. Names are dropped. Weights are lifted. Yarns are spun. Toys are purchased. Achievements are professed”.

In the depths of despair I had no energy for playing charades,  the blessing of this desperate place was that the real me, the amazing strong woman I was created to be, was finally allowed to come out of hiding… it was literally a case of being strong enough to show my weakness. For most of my life the real me was hidden behind a painted smile, I believe we all spend our time wearing costumed faces. The fear of rejection, fear to be ourselves pervades out thoughts until the real self is forgotten. May I encourage you to remove your masks, silence the fear and step into the freedom to be you. You do ‘you’ perfectly!created to stand out

Author: beautifulcourageousyou

About me hmmm... Happily married with two children, also the mum of three little ones in Heaven; twin girls and a baby boy. What matters most to me in life; Faith, Family & Fun! By God's Grace I have overcome extreme depression. As I share my journey with you I pray you will be inspired to live a life with vision and purpose, my passion is to offer hope to women young and old. I want to shout across the globe to every woman on the planet "you are Beautiful, you are Courageous" and you are outrageously loved!!

12 thoughts on “Masters of the Masquerade

  1. ‘You do ‘you’ perfectly’ – I love that! What liberating words, and so true of many of us. It takes courage to step out from under our masks, but it’s so worth it when we meet people we can trust our true selves with.

  2. Amen!! Taking of that mask can be the scariest thing in the world but it’s always better to be known, loved, and understood for the person you are instead of the person you pretend to be. There is definitely a lot of freedom that comes with being transparent about who you are to others. Great post!

  3. “being strong enough to show my weakness”. Yes it takes a brave person to be real. The more I have come to know Jesus love the braver I have become. Jesus loving us in our broken state is empowering.

  4. Loved this write-up. Awesomely worded!

  5. Love this! Thank you for sharing your passion and heart!

  6. Cool!
    I am reading sincerity here.
    That’s nice.
    Thanks for posting your thoughts.
    ~ Eric

  7. Wow… this really spoke to my heart. I remember wearing a mask even as a child going into adulthood. It took some time to let go but praise be to God that I can walk in freedom. He defines me and for that I should take hope and comfort for every area in my life.

    Many blessings to you for sharing this as well as the other posts I’ve read thus far. Looking forward to following your blog and words of inspiration. May your ministry be full and prosperous in Christ Jesus,


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