Spoiler alert: If you watch "The Masked Singer" on Fox and haven't seen the episode that aired Wednesday, Jan. 16, stop reading. You have been warned!
"The Masked Singer" is an interesting competition. Famous people get dressed in elaborate costumes and sing on stage in front of a handful of other famous people who are judges. Each week, the singer with the least votes leaves the show — but he or she must first reveal their identity. Throughout the show, there are clues to help judges and the audience figure out who they are.
On Wednesday's episode, a singer who appears to be female and is dressed as a sparkly white unicorn says she likes singing behind the mask because it has given her freedom to try something new and not fear the rejection. Her voice is not as strong as the other competitors, which has led the panelists to believe she is a model or actor. Still, they have flowered her with compliments on her bravery, her decent voice and her strength.
Are we all hiding behind masks? What forces us to stay in our shells and not do things we want to do? Have you ever thought about being a performer, a writer, a preacher, a teacher, or someone who must speak or perform to crowds? What held you back?
We conform to what we think society requires of us. Those with true bravery are leaders: They aren't afraid to try it, to be judged, to stand in front of the rest.
Is this a year to conquer a fear? Is time moving quickly for you?
"Be strong and of good courage," Deuteronomy 31:6 reads. "Do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.
"He will not leave you, nor forsake you."