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My coronavirus face mask

The coronavirus face mask does little for my fashion statement. No matter how dominant the necktie, everyone notices the face mask first. But some people like face masks.

On the internet, you can purchase a face mask that is patriotic, or has a happy face, or is just big lips. Others feature a sports team or a political statement. We are seeing American ingenuity take full advantage of a horrible pandemic.

While I was waiting to see my doctor, there was a lady sitting across from me, wearing a white face mask with red Chinese lettering on it. It resembled the take-out box of fried rice you get when ordering Chinese home delivery. It made me happy and hungry.

During my doctor’s meeting, I mentioned to him that my mask kept fogging up my glasses. He said that I might want to turn my mask over because it was upside down. How do you spell embarrassed?

It seems that other people wear their face mask incorrectly, too. Some have it wrapped under their chin as though they just had jaw surgery. Others cover their mouth but allow the nose to stick out “so they can breathe.” And then there are those who have it hanging off of one ear. Words fail.

Years ago, people had a rabbit's foot or a CD hanging from their rear-view mirror. Now, a coronavirus face mask dangles in open space. And for the life of me I cannot understand why people wear a face mask while driving alone. Does the virus seep in through the air vents?

But there may be a quirkier side to the coronavirus face mask. Some say that if a person is somewhat private, the face mask may cause them to be even more self-contained. However, extroverted people may feel inhibited and become more expressive with their hands while wearing the face mask. What about you?

Noted author Agatha Christie once said, “The human face is, after all, nothing more than a mask.” This opens a whole new can of worms, but there may be something here to consider. Is it possible that many people are hiding their true self behind a smiling face? Would that be considered hypocrisy in some instances?

Jesus revealed the heart of spiritual hypocrites in Luke 12:1-3 (The Message) – Jesus said, “You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known.” Though people may try to hide their true spiritual identity, one day, all secrets will be revealed.

In these uncertain days, live your life in truth and authenticity. Be honest with God and seek His face. Oh, no face masks are required in His presence.

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