The Greeks had a word for a person who played a role that did not represent who they full were. The wore a mask; altered their voice; they pretended. Thanks to some real words from some people close to me, I see that mask wearing isn’t just for the Greeks.
It was John Wooden who said, “leadership from a base of hypocrisy undeRmines respect.” It is true that I deserve no respect in what I teach and preach.
A sabbatical is due from teaching and preaching. It is clear that I have been putting on the mask for far too long. I will finish up the summer next week in Omaha at the youth weekend there and then seek employment for the year. It has been a fun run but I apologize for those I have articially built up and those who I have let down.
The funny thing about masks is, if you don’t take them off when you out grow them they can sometimes become a part of you.