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How Staying in Your Lane Saves Your Life

“Noah was 600 years old when the flood waters came on the earth.” -Genesis 7:6

Been studying Genesis lately and this verse stuck out to me this weekend. SIX. HUNDRED. YEARS. OLD. Noah was 600 years old when his purpose in life came to fruition. 

Take a minute, take your timeline of how you think your life is “supposed to go,” now go ahead and throw it out the window going 90 miles an hour.

Okay cool, now next up, imagine God tells you to build this massive boat because he’s basically going to end the world with a flood. People around Noah probably thought he was straight bananas. Everyone around him was like bro, you’re INSANE. 

It would have been so easy for Noah to be discouraged by others, to be talked out of building the boat, to question what God had asked him to do based on the opinions of the people around him, to see someone else’s life and think “Wow, that’s what I would rather have.” But Noah wasn’t paying attention to what Billy and Bobby over there were saying. Noah wasn’t concerned with what Nancy and Megan were doing. He didn’t say, “Dang, like Darrel is making so much money and he is so happy, his Insta game is fire, maybe I should forget about the boat and go do what HE is doing because it looks legit." Noah wasn’t questioning if he was “good enough” for God’s calling on his life or if he was equipped to do what God instructed. Noah hears God, he listens to God, and then he acts in faith that God will fulfill his promises. Noah doesn’t even say anything in the Bible. He’s just like 10-4 big guy, you got it, I’m on it. He’s the perfect example of what we millennials would call “staying in your lane.”

There is this idealized life that we have in our minds that we think is the best way. Everything else falls short of this fantasy of how things “should” be, like it’s an unmovable storyline that everyone has to follow, and if they don’t then they’re failing or falling behind. Let me tell you right now,

God’s calling on your life does not mold to what society or other people say it should be. It is not play-doh.

Anything that is not God’s plan for you is a counterfeit. A counterfeit life is not the life that you are called to live. Your life is what you are called to live. You have a responsibility to be YOU. To do YOUR calling. To have YOUR family, YOUR job, YOUR strengths and YOUR flaws. You were created to be YOU. Period. On the mountaintop and in the mess. Anything else is a monumental disservice to yourself and to those around you.

Let me tell you something about Noah. Something I realized was that his three sons, and his wife, and his son’s wives all got to go on that boat and be saved with him. Because of his faithfulness in God, because of his steadfastness in God’s word and his promises, his whole family was saved, too.

Your faithfulness isn’t just about you. Your fruitfulness isn’t only to be enjoyed by you.

You have a responsibility. You have a purpose. Someone else on a screen with better pictures than you or a better body than you or more friends than you or a better job than you- whatever the lie may be that’s stealing your joy, they can’t be you. They can’t have your purpose. And you can’t have theirs, and friends you shouldn’t want it. Your life is so valuable and filled with a purpose that is only for you. Look forward, stay in your lane, and don’t believe the lie that you should be anything but who you were created to be. I promise it will save your life.

What LOOKS good VS. What IS good
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
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I saw Proverbs 16:2 today on an Instagram story, and it seriously hit me like a ton of bricks. We are satisfied with whatever LOOKS good; God probes for what IS good.

GUT. CHECK.

Sit in that for a second and see what stirs up. For me, it took about negative 3.6 seconds to feel the gravity of this in my own life.

Instagram culture was the first thing that popped into my head. How many of us have Instagram? How many of us have posted a picture because we think we look good and we want others to validate our physical appearance? How many of us have wanted our lives to look really really good when they really really weren’t? How many of us have wanted people to think highly of us? How many of us have weighed our value by how many followers we have or how many likes we get or how many people compliment us in the comments? How many of us have portrayed a version of ourselves that is perfect when it isn’t the reality? On the flip side, how many of us have compared ourselves to someone on Instagram? How many of us have judged someone else based on how many followers they have or what content they post or what they say?

Second, to go along with that, was my desire to be liked and thought highly of by people. God’s approval and human approval cannot co-exist for a fruitful life. You cannot live your life for approval of man and also live your life for the approval of God, because most of the time what get’s you approval from other people looks incredibly different than what get’s you approval from God.

What is our obsession with the portrayal of things that we’re not? Why are we all trying so hard to be something other than exactly who we are? Why do we decide, or even worse, let others decide who we should be? Who the heck are we trying to fool? God can smell our BS from here to Heaven. He knows us down to every last atom, so to think He can’t see right through us is a lie that we are fooling ourselves with. Being something else other than exactly who God created you to be, exactly when He created you to be it, exactly where He placed you to be it is such a monumental waste of time. We can pretend and hide and strive and portray what we think people want to see, but in the end we will end up exhausted and empty. God says He created you and you are good.

What would your life look like if instead of running after what looks good, you ran after what is good? That’s what I want. I want a life running after what really matters, a life of chasing the things that matter to God, to the Kingdom, to eternity. I want a life of herding people instead of herding Instagram likes or compliments or validation. I want a deep life, with deep roots, firmly secured in God. I want a life free of masks and full of Jesus.

I don’t want to look like I love people, I want to love people.

I don’t want to look like I have a beautiful heart, I want to have a beautiful heart.

I don’t want to look like a servant, I want to be a servant.

I don’t want to look like I have good relationships, I want to have good relationships.

I don’t want to look like I’m rooted in Jesus, I want to be rooted in Jesus.

I don’t want to look like I have it all together, I want to point towards the One who works all things together for your good.

I don’t want to look like I love God, I want to relentlessly chase after Him.

Looking means nothing. Being means everything.