david santistevan


What are your masks?

This morning I was reflecting a bit on the importance of a personal life in God. What I mean by that is, ‘Who are you apart from public ministry settings?” When you have a noticeable gift, people compliment. It blesses them and they want you to know about it. This feels good. Though their compliments are strengthening and encouraging, we must not let it go too far.

Back in the summer of 2004, I was part of a traveling band from North Central University, called One Accord. We traveled all over the US ministering in churches, youth camps, and high schools. It was a blast. One of the reasons it felt so good is that we were important…at least in our small bubble we were. Kids clamoring for our attention. Constant signings of t-shirts and CDs. Traveling the nation. Seeing people blessed by our ministry. Awesome stuff.

My friend and a mentor of the team, Nate Ruch, spoke a powerful word to us at a Michigan camp that I will never forget – ‘They are only loving the mask’. What he was teaching us was that who we were was so much deeper than what all these people on tour could see. Yes, we had a CD, t-shirts, were a ‘premier’ traveling group, and were good-looking (well, some of us). What mattered was not so much what they said, but what God said of us. Man sees the outward appearance…

Here’s my question for you: Who are you when you step off your public ministry platform? Do you love and serve your wife? Are you honest? Do you worship God with intensity when you are all alone? Are you pursuing a life that glorifies God? This is what matters.

What are your masks?


August 11, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized, Worship


  1. Great word man!

    Thanks for challenge and transparency.

    Glad to see you’re doing good!

    Comment by Ryan "Tiny" Crozier | August 11, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey

    Thanks for the challenge and your transparency.
    It’s good to see that you’re doing well.

    Comment by Ryan "Tiny" Crozier | August 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Man, it’s been a while. Thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by santahara | August 12, 2008 | Reply

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