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Iron Man, Masks, and Tax-Free Weekend Shopping

I apologize for the lack of regular posts the last few weeks (especially Bible Trivia and Superhero Sunday) and hope you’re hanging in there. 🙂

If you didn’t already know, this weekend is tax-free weekend. Which means most of the outlet malls are packed.

Guess where we were yesterday.

Yep. The outlet malls.

We stopped into the Disney store to look at their Marvel things (which was actually slightly disappointing) and my dad pointed out a few Iron Man masks.

Now, is it just me (and keep in mind that I’ve only seen him in The Avengers) or does Stark’s personality seem to change a little when he’s in his suit. He seems more eager to crack jokes and be the funny guy when he’s just himself. When he’s in his suit, sure, he has a few funny moments, but it seems like he’s more focused and serious. Like he doesn’t need to be funny anymore.

We all use masks. Maybe not literally, but we all have labels that seem to define us and acts that we put up to make people think that we’re something we’re not. Some of those masks are harmful to us; other masks are harmful to other people.

God wants us to be who He made us, not who other people want us to be or who we want other people to think we are. He wants you to be… you.

So take off your mask and be the person God wants you to be!

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Emotions and Elsa

“Don’t let them in,

Don’t let them see,

Be the good girl you always have to be,

Conceal,

Don’t feel,

Put on a show,

Make one wrong move and everyone will know.”

If you’ve watched the new Disney movie Frozen or memorized the lyrics for Let It Go or First Time In Forever from that movie, you may recognize those lyrics. The lyrics above are from First Time In Forever. In Let It Go, Elsa changes the last part a little.

“Don’t let them in,

Don’t let them see,

Be the good girl you always have to be,

Conceal,

Don’t feel,

Don’t let them know…”

How many times do we hide our true feelings from others? We hide, we cover up, we lie, just to keep from showing others our emotions. We “put on a show” as Elsa states*.

Why do we feel like we need to cover up what we feel? If someone asks, “How are you?”, we automatically say “I’m good” or “I’m fine.” Why? There’s plenty of reasons: we don’t want to put other people out, we don’t want to ruin someone’s day, we don’t want others to know about our problems, and we don’t want others to judge us. To put it simply, we just think it’s easier not to talk to others about our emotions.

Maybe the next time you’re talking to someone, you should take the time to ask, “How are you, really?” And maybe we should be honest with others when we’re hurting, or sad, or frustrated. It might make things a whole lot easier.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BulXil2ROy4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVVTZgwYwVo

*Okay, so maybe Elsa isn’t hiding her emotions so much as she’s hiding her powers, but the lyrics still apply, right? 🙂