By Shannon Heiden

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 1:6 NIV)

Beautiful One, have you ever worn a mask? Have you ever been smiling on the outside while you felt like dying on the inside? Do you know what it is to hide the real you, for fear that you’d be misunderstood, judged, or rejected? If we can be completely transparent, is there a part of you that you hide from God, or so you think?

Masks. We all have had one on at one time or another. Some of us have worn several of them. Certain times in our lives we have portrayed ourselves one way, while the truth is we were completely another. As children, we learned that certain behaviors or qualities got us noticed and accepted, and we also learned what worked in ways that maybe weren’t so desirable, yet remained effective.

As adults, it is still very easy to produce a mask and become what we would like to be, or hide what we truly are. And the truth is, we all are a work in progress full of potential and success as well as, flaws, fears, and failures.

Beautiful One, one of the hardest things to do is to be real. Why? Maybe it’s because we have this expectation that God has done a great work in our lives, and to show weakness would make him look like He really hasn’t done much. Or, maybe we would feel like we are less than a genuine believer if we aren’t riding high on the mountaintops. Who really knows why it is so easy to be fake at times. Fear, insecurity, rejection, or shame? Any one of these can be a reason, and are probably at the root of what may cause us to shrink back and flip on a mask.

It’s so easy to do, and we become comfortable in our embarrassment, shame, or disappointment because it is still prevailing in us, or because we think we should have recovered sooner, or fared better, we end up hiding, so that others won’t see that God simply isn’t done with us yet.

Did you hear that? God isn’t done yet. No more, no less. He has a plan, He has a timing, and if we are dealing with something in our lives and even if we are the ones that have created it, we must rest in knowing God simply isn’t done yet!

Beautiful One, God doesn’t mind how we come into the Kingdom, as long as we get there. Once there, God isn’t as mindful of our comfort as He is matters of the real heart. God cares about you, the you that desires more than what you’ve become, the you that wants to do better, and maybe hasn’t. God cares about you because it’s you He wants to use to help someone else…

NO matter the crisis of the moment, God wants us to stop pretending, and just be real. For every one person who will misjudge us, He’s got two who won’t! Whatever we are dealing with, it will pass.
He’s not called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God for nothing!

Beautiful One, just believe, and remember, He’s not done yet!


Shannon Heiden loves to inspire others to come up higher.  Shannon’s passion is to help people overcome problems by pointing to the relevancy and realness of the Bible. Believing all things are possible, along the way.

Shannon loves  to write and has served in full time ministry. Shannon currently works in the hospitality industry. She resides in sunny Mesa, AZ, along with her 2 amazing teenage sons, 2 precocious dogs, and 3 precarious kitties.

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