Season of Masks


It’s almost Halloween, and soon children (and some adults) will be putting on their masks to celebrate. Bear with my train of thought for a moment:

We were on vacation, and in the hotel lobby I saw a Halloween event promoted on the morning news that we were considering attending later in the day. I thought how nice it would be to have a website where I could observe the event remotely before going, just to see how busy it turned out to be, to see if we really wanted to do it or not. Next, my mind went to how odd it would be to be working in a place where there was a constant webcam discretely observing my activities. Would my behavior change?

I tend to think that I would be more careful with what I said, sighs of exasperation I might express in private, but would never do so in front of an audience. Then again, over time I might start to take the camera for granted and return to my uncensored self. Would that be a good thing, or a bad thing?

Reality television has given us some views like this, and for the most part, it has not been a positive experience. We tend to see the sides of personalities that revolve around conflict, anger, jealousy, and sometimes outright hatred. When people see these kinds of behaviors under the presumed scenario of people’s ordinary lives, it tends to stamp a seal of approval on the behaviors we see. That is a little scary, and not in the Halloween sense.

What if we didn’t take the camera for granted? What if we lived our lives always knowing that others are watching? What if, before we acted or spoke, we paused to consider how the unseen observer might view our actions?

What if God was watching?

Oh… that’s right. He is.

He loves us even when we fall short, but our actions never go unobserved.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. — Ephesians 4:29


1 Response to “Season of Masks”

  1. 1 R October 29, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Very inspiring! Thank you for the thought provoking but gentle reminder. I enjoyed the read.

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