I used to think the road signs that say ‘hidden drive’ were saying that there was a secret road ahead. As hard as I tried, I never found one though.
What can I say? I was a kid. Kids think all kinds of quirky things.
But even though kids have the reputation of believing the fantastic, I don’t think they really grow out of it, because there are a lot of things we believe as adults that just aren’t true.
Now some things don’t really matter that much. But some things do matter. They shape how and what we think about the big things like God, family, and our places in the world.
Like what, you say? Well, I’m getting to that, but first I want to explore how to identify a lie.
The trick sometimes in finding a lie is knowing what the truth is. At the risk of sounding redundant, because I know I’ve said this many times, the only way to gauge whether we’re on the right path is to use the only compass we have: the Bible.
If something contradicts scripture, then it’s wrong. Plain and simple.
Now that we know what to look for, let’s dive in.
Lie #1: You’re a failure if you don’t do what you’d planned.
Didn’t find a job in the field you studied? The world says you failed. Didn’t become the lawyer you always said you wanted to be? The world says you failed.
God has a different take on it. I think on all the things I’ve planned over my life, and I’m so thankful God had different ideas. You see, God’s plan is so much better than anything we can imagine.
Now I don’t think this means we shouldn’t plan. Waiting on God doesn’t necessarily mean we shrug and say ‘He hasn’t done anything yet.’ That reminds me of the quote from the movie Facing the Giants: Two farmers prayed for rain. One waited. The other prepared his fields.
Part of my trusting God is working toward His will for my life, but sometimes I can’t see His will clearly. So I have to be ready to change my plans to meet His as He shows me more and more.
So instead of feeling like a failure when things don’t go as planned, I’m going to pray for discernment and guidance, and subject my plans to God’s, always thankful He loves me and wants the best for me enough to wreck them.
Lie #2: Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. Edmond Burke
What was your history teacher’s response when you asked why you needed to take his class? I’m guessing yours was the same as mine: those who don’t repeat-peat-peat-peat.
I’ve gone all this time believing that. I’ve even said it myself.
Now I’m not so sure it’s true. At least, I think part of it’s true, but a lie is a lie even if only part of it is a lie.
It’s true we, as a whole, will repeat history, but is there anything we can do to really stop it?
I say repeating history has less to do with the knowledge of it and more to do with knowledge of God and, more importantly, love of God.
Because when we subject ourselves to His will, we’re not just following the new, old way of living. We can know at least we’re not repeating the negative.
Lie #3: Women, you can do anything a man can and make sure you do.
I know there’s discrimination. Don’t get me wrong. I know in some countries women are second-class citizens at the mercy of the men ruling them.
But that’s not the norm here. There’s something wrong when we teach our girls to resent men and to take everything he has.
We weren’t created to be the same.
There are things men can and should do that we can’t or shouldn’t. But you know what? There are things we can and should do they can’t. It’s called balance. And both sexes are stronger when we’re balanced.
Lie #4: These are your best days.
Never, in a million years, would I go back to relive my high school and college days.
Those were not my best days.
I shudder when I think of all the time spent trying to grow up: feeling alone in my awkwardness and being afraid someone would see it and not want me. Never ever would I choose to go back to all that.
I’m looking ahead, because for those who love Jesus, our best days are not behind us. In fact, nothing on this earth can compare to our best days.
Lie #5: Believe what you can see.
I heard the old saying the other day ‘a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.’ I definitely see the logic in it, but I see something else too.
I see our tendency to rely on what we see rather than on what is actually there.
Our eyes can deceive us. They can’t possibly pick up all there is, and to only trust what they show us is like walking through a fog and ignoring the ‘crazy talk’ of others who say there’s a canyon ahead.
We can’t see the wind, but it’s there. We haven’t seen bacteria, but we know it’s everywhere. We haven’t seen God, but He’s here.
Besides, we miss God’s best when we hold too tightly to what we see.
There are many more lies than these five, but I don’t want to call out everything. This would be one long post if I did. And that’s not the point.
The point is to learn to identify the lies around us – to turn to God to tell us what’s true and what isn’t instead of relying on our frail intellects and feelings.
We’ll be happier, stronger in our faith, and a brighter light to those around us.
So what lies have you identified? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.
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