Trey Campbell is a leading authority on utilizing biblically-based principles to help leaders and salespeople expand their influence.

Take Off Your Mask

I found myself very blessed to emcee a recent talk when one of the college students I work with, Amy, shared her story of past heartbreak, heartache, pain, and troubles. She was a victim to some events in her life, but she also is first to admit she became even more lost and broken as time went by from her poor choices.

As our time together came to a close, I shared with the audience, made up of college students, how we all wear masks. I noted how everyone in the audience is hard-working and known for being able to problem-solve and handle adversity in a professional sense. However, on a personal level, they were all wearing masks. Almost all of us are hiding past shame, guilt, actions, and choices that we have not forgiven ourselves for. This is also true of adults beyond college-age–yes, all of us. We all cover and hide our regrets, struggles, and sin. We bury it so we can save face, building a façade of who we really are. It’s all smoke and mirrors. But the real magic is in the reveal and recovery, not the recoil and retreat.

There’s good news:

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down but are not destroyed. Through suffering our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

2 Corinthians 5:810

The fact is, our enemy would have us believe we are failures due to our continual immoralities and errant sins. But what we have to realize is how we are forgiven. We just need to forgive ourselves. And therein lies the problem–we fail to forgive ourselves, thinking God will not forgive us. And that is simply not true. Whatever may happen to us, we are greater than the sum of our transgressions.

It was with a new perspective and appreciation Amy began to realize this and get on the road to recovery. The same can be said for anyone reading this who feels alone or destitute. There is life after our suffering. Are you willing to live through it to conquer it?

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