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I was driving through downtown with my kids the other day, when my 2-year-old startlingly screamed, “AHHH, MOMMY!! A DOST!!!” A “dost” in his language is a ghost – and no, he wasn’t making this up. He literally saw a ghost figurine outside one of our neighbors’ home, made complete with skeletons, jack –o-lanterns and spider webs, just to make sure everyone was officially creeped out. I calmed him down, and took on the daunting task of explaining the concept of Halloween to my toddler.

“Well, son…once a year, people dress up in costumes, masks and hats, and go door-to-door asking strangers for candy.” He looked at me like a deer in headlights. The confusion was written all over his face, and I couldn’t blame him. It is an interesting concept, isn’t it?

I told him that he doesn’t have to be afraid, because underneath the masks and costumes are just regular people – our neighbors, store clerks, baristas, kids, friends, etc. And as the words were coming out of my mouth, I had a sudden “a ha!” moment. I started thinking about how many of us go through life wearing a mask – trying to cover who we truly are underneath. We want to fit in, but here’s the thing – you were never meant to. You were created to stand out.

I get it, it can be scary to let people see you as you truly are – flaws, insecurities and all. I’m right there with you! It’s not easy to be authentic, to be vulnerable. But that’s where connection happens. Where true living happens. You don’t have to cover up your scars – they are proof that God heals. Be who you are. Share your strengths and your struggles. Give the world the gift of YOU – it doesn’t need another copy of someone else. God created you with a unique set of gifts and talents. Your beauty is unlike any other. Your heart is unmatched. Come out of hiding, take courage and walk boldly in who you are in Christ.


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