COVER – put something in front of (something) in order to conceal it.
I remember in my teen years I use to love make-up. I loved the way I could paint my face up and make my appearance look completely different. I recently was reading an article about a famous entertainer whose been accused of immoral acts although the evidence is mounted up against him of his guilt, there still is a split in public opinion. The writer of the article was sharing their belief that the split of opinion comes from the fact that this celebrity created a wonderful reputation for himself which makes it difficult for people to see his flawed character. I thought about this concept and it reminded me of younger years and my love for make-up it too helps to cover up flaws. I started thinking of the fact that it’s easier to “Cover” than to “Expose”. A person can spend a lifetime creating a wonderful image…have a great reputation at work, in the community and among friends and enjoy the many accolades that come from this. But that great reputation is meaningless if the character stinks. You see it’s easy to “cover” up your character nobody has to ever see “who you really are” when you’re behind closed doors or the thoughts that go on in your head…no one has to know if deep inside you harbor bitterness, envy and pride…no one sees the thoughts of selfishness or judgment of others. It’s easy in our society to “cover” put make-up on, dress up and give the appearance that we are this great wonderful person with this great wonderful life when we’re really a beautiful golden apple that’s brown and rotten on the inside. You see we tend not to like talking about our rotten parts we don’t like being “exposed”. I will be the first to admit that I use to live a life focused on maintaining a good reputation. But somewhere on my journey, I realized that I spent so much time covering up that I neglected to nurture and grow my character. Nowadays you can say I have a “controversial” reputation. I’m totally and completely exposed…no “cover” or “make-up” just the raw me. But, I have found living the raw me challenges me more, it strengthens me and has brought me peace, joy and a healthy love of self. I feel free! Every day my Creator teaches me something new about myself I see my character being molded and shaped into something beautiful…beautifully flawed exposed individual living in His grace.