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Youth Illustrations: The Mask I Wear


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This Halloween mask related study encourages youth to take a look at the masks we wear everyday, not just on Halloween and to expose what is underneath to God so that he can transform us so that we …

This Halloween mask related study encourages youth to take a look at the masks we wear everyday, not just on Halloween and to expose what is underneath to God so that he can transform us so that we reveal his glory!

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  • 1. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comYouth Illustrations: The Mask I Wear This Halloween mask related study encourages youth to take a look at the masks we wear everyday, not just on Halloween and to expose what is underneath to God so that he cantransform us so that we reveal his glory!
  • 2. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comRead the Poem “The mask I wear”Author unknownDon’t be fooled by me.Don’t be fooled by the face I wearfor I wear a mask. I wear a thousand masksmasks that I’m afraid to take offand none of them are me.Pretending is an art that’s second nature withmeBut don’t be fooled, don’t be fooled.I give you the impression that I’m secureThat all is sunny and unruffled with mewithin as well as without,that confidence is my nameand coolness my game,that the water’s calmand I’m in command,and that I need no one.But don’t believe me. Please!
  • 3. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comMy surface may be smooth but my surface ismy mask,My ever-varying and ever-concealing mask.Beneath lies no smugness, no complacence.Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, infear, in aloneness.But I hide this.I don’t want anybody to know it.I panic at the thought of my weaknessesand fear exposing them.That’s why I frantically create my masks to hidebehind.They’re nonchalant, sophisticated facades tohelp me pretend,To shield me from the glance that knows.But such a glance is precisely my salvation,my only salvation,and I know it.
  • 4. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comThat is, if it’s followed by acceptance,and if it’s followed by love.It’s the only thing that can liberate me frommyselffrom my own self-built prison walls.I dislike hiding, honestlyI dislike the superficial game I’m playing,the superficial phony game.I’d really like to be genuine and me.But I need your help, your hand to hold
  • 5. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comEven though my masks would tell youotherwiseThat glance from you is the only thing thatassures meof what I can’t assure myself,that I’m really worth something.But I don’t tell you this.I don’t dare.I’m afraid to.I’m afraid you’ll think less of me, that you’lllaughand your laugh would kill me.I’m afraid that deep-down I’m nothing, that I’mjust no goodand you will see this and reject me.
  • 6. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comSo I play my game, my desperate, pretendinggameWith a facade of assurance withoutAnd a trembling child within.So begins the parade of masks,The glittering but empty parade of masks,and my life becomes a front.I idly chatter to you in suave tones of surfacetalk.I tell you everything that’s nothingand nothing of what’s everything,of what’s crying within me.So when I’m going through my routinedo not be fooled by what I’m sayingPlease listen carefully and try to hearwhat I’m not sayingHear what I’d like to saybut what I cannot say.
  • 7. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comIt will not be easy for you,long felt inadequacies make my defensesstrong.The nearer you approach methe blinder I may strike back.Despite what books say of men, I am irrational;I fight against the very thing that I cry out wonder who I amyou shouldn’tfor I am everymanand everywomanwho wears a mask.Don’t be fooled by me.At least not by the face I wear.
  • 8. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comTake it to the Next Level• At Halloween, children often wear obvious masks. But the truth is people of all ages are wearing masks every day, not just on Halloween. What are some of the masks that adults often wear? What are some of the masks that youth wear?• Have you ever pretended to hide your true feelings? Why did you hide your real feelings? How is hiding your feelings like wearing a mask?• Have you ever pretended to be something that you weren’t? To go along with the crowd? To gain acceptance from other youth? Because you were afraid someone might not like the true you? Because you feared rejection if they saw the real you? What are some other reasons youth might wear masks?
  • 9. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comTaking off the MasksWearing a mask brings certain comforts,but it also may hinder our personalgrowth. As long as we wear the mask wedon’t have to deal with the underlyingproblem. But when we are truly able toconfront the truth about ourselves we willfind true freedom. We can find healing.We can find an answer to the weaknessesthat plague us.
  • 10. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comScripture2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who withunveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,are being transformed into his likenesswith ever increasing glory, which comesfrom the Lord, who is the Spirit.”Some key truths from this verse and theLife of Paul:• Paul did not need to hear kind words from his friends. His life and ministry was already reflecting God’s glory.
  • 11.• Paul revealed his weaknesses. And in doing so, he also revealed the reality and the power of Jesus. Paul was weak, but the Spirit of God was constantly at work in him. Jesus is not revealed in a person by their human perfection but rather by God transforming us into His image.• Paul’s life was not one of “see how good I am.” On the contrary, his life was “see what God is doing in a sinner (Paul referred to himself as the chief of sinners).” We are all sinners with all the ugliness of sin, bent and twisted out of shape, far from being the persons we want to be, or that God intends us to be (Romans 3:23).• Our transformation comes from the Holy Spirit. God is in the process of working His transformation in us. “We are being transformed into His likeness with ever- increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
  • 12. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comThe truth is, when we take of the masks andare honest with ourselves and God he takesour fears, our weaknesses, our sinful uglinessand transforms us to look like Him. When wefail to do so we put on a mask and we nolonger reflect the love, grace and joy of Christ.One of the names that Jesus called thepharisees was that of a hypocrite, or awhitewashed tombstone. The word comesfrom the Greek word “hypokrites” and was atechnical term for a stage actor who usuallywore a mask and acted a part.Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes andPharisees, hypocrites! For you are likewhitewashed tombs which on the outsideappear beautiful, but inside they are full ofdead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
  • 13. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comMaking It PersonalWhat are some of the masks you wear?Why? How would things change if youwere to take off this mask and let Goddeal with the true fears and issues that lieunderneath? What is a real way that youcan take off this mask? Is there someoneyou can talk in honesty that can help keepyou accountable? Say a prayer to God tohelp you to deal with the underlying issueso that you can more fully reveal hislikeness and glory in your life!
  • 14. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comVariationProvide Halloween masks or carnivalmasks for the entire group of youth. Ifpossible, you can give youth some heavypaper (paper plates work well) and rubberbands and ask them to create a maskbefore the lesson. Later at the “Making itpersonal” stage of the lesson, have youthadd a symbol or some words to indicatethe mask that they want to remove sothat God can work on that area of theirlife.
  • 15. Holiday CollectionGames and Activities in Celebrationof common Holidays.Creative Holiday Ideas has over 300 pages ofideas to help you plan your next New Year’sDay, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’sDay, Halloween or Fall Festival, andThanksgiving event. If you’ve ever wonderedwhat you’re going to do for all these holidaysand how you’re going to do it, this resource isfor you. => Tell me more about the Holiday Collection