Posted on Sep 3, 2020 | 0 comments


whoOK got your attention! Today we must ‘face‘ ourselves. How do we do that and what does that exactly mean? Well, think about it – each of us wear different faces, depending on the circumstance or the situation we find ourselves in. It is, for lack of a better word, survival. It is how we get through the day. Sigh.

The Hebrew word for face is panim and it comes from the same root as pnim which means ‘interior‘.  Interior. The inside – of you and of me. As with any Hebrew word, the Holy One named each and every part of His creation for their essence. So when studying the scripture, if a word jumps out at you, look at the Hebrew and then dig deeper, seek out the essence of the word.

As we look at the Hebrew word ‘panim‘ we can uncover a deeper and more insightful understanding than what our English word face has come to mean to us. In fact, in the Hebrew language, the essence of a face is totally opposite of what our Webster dictionary would lead us to believe.

Face. What do you think of when you hear that word? Face the public, put on a face, face yourself, face it.  All descriptions that seem to point towards the ‘outside’ – however it is totally opposite in meaning in the Hebrew. The FACE simply hides or masks who we really are. When we feel like crying on the inside, we put on a happy face when in a crowd. When we are angry, we grit our teeth and carry on. When we are sick, we suck it up and move forward.

Why is it that we do this? Is it simply the culture we have come to live in? Is it something that even should be admired? Or is it simply another outlet for a sick society.  Basically….wearing a face….means we are not true to ourselves. It is what society expects of us. On occasion, when you meet someone you can glimpse the true essence of who they are – but most of the time – we are not who we seem to be. We are not the real deal.

“The wisdom of the person shines in the face.” Ecclesiastes 8:1

When you are face to face, when you look into the eyes of the soul, than you know the real person. This is what is meant by face to face. Looking into someone’s eyes, if you look with your heart, then you will see the real soul, the real person. We have all met someone who has that light, that true essence. It’s time to get real!

Ask yourself: When you look into someone’s face, do you avoid looking into their eyes? Do you look with your heart? Do you hear with your heart? Do you look for the true essence? When you are face to face with someone – do you hide your own true essence by averting your eyes? Why do you want to hide?

Exercise for the day: Today – as you meet people throughout your daily activities, pay special attention to what you convey in your ‘face‘. Be true to yourself and feel the essence of not only yourself, but to the one you are speaking face to face with. Be real. See what happens.

It is time to come to grips with who you are on the inside and allow that part of your true essence to shine forth through your smile, through your eyes, through your actions. Search your heart for the holiness within and let it shine forth as you do the mundane things that make up your life. Lift your voice in praise of the Holy One that you serve – and be true to yourself.

“As water reflects a face, one heart reflects another.” (Proverbs 27:19)


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