The More Godly Lindsey

Posted By on Jun 2, 2010 in The Life I Live, The Things I Believe | 24 comments


Last night I started reading John Ortberg’s The Me I Want to Be. I am one chapter in…and already LOVING this book.

Ortberg began by answering questions I didn’t even know I had. (He’s that smart.)

For instance, I didn’t realize I was having a hard time discerning what a more Godly Lindsey looked like. (I know you probably all figured this out a long time ago. But give me a break, I’m a slow learner.)

And I was having a really hard time with this. Don’t get me wrong…I want to be holy. But I so don’t want to be “holier than thou.”

Somewhere along the way, I was led to believe that the more Godly Lindsey is anti-fun. She’s reserved, stuffy, and just plain grumpy. She doesn’t drink, would never smoke, and knows better than to let a sarcastic word slip out of her mouth. She never enjoys people, places, or things, because she is too preoccupied doing “God’s work.”

But Ortberg says, “As God helps you grow, you will change, but you will always be you. An acorn can grow into an oak tree, but it cannot become a rose bush. It can be a healthy oak or it can be a stunted oak – but it won’t be a shrub. You will always be you – a growing, healthy you or a languishing you – but God didn’t create you to be anybody else.”

He goes on to say, “When you flourish, you become more you. You become more that person God had in mind when thought you up. You don’t just become holier. You become you-ier. You will change: God wants you to become a “new creation.” But “new” doesn’t have to mean completely different; instead it’s like an old piece of furniture that gets restored to its intended beauty.”

Now that’s a picture of a more Godly me that I can get behind. A Linds-ier version of me.

What do you think a more Godly (enter your name here) looks like?

Oh, and stay tuned or read along. I am sure this book is going to provoke much more blog fodder.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/cardinals78 David Schroeder

    Isn't it fun to talk in third person by the way? Jimmy shoots, Jimmy scores! Seinfeld anyone?
    Honestly, "Godly Dave" is forgiving and willing to admit his mistakes first and foremost. But I need to think through this one more. Thanks for posing the question, Lindsey.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Yes, Lindsey loves talking in third person. Glad David likes it too.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonWert JasonWert

    I don't know if a Jasonier version of me can be holy. The version I am now barely makes the cut.

    Great post, Lindsey. I'm going to be thinking about a "Jasonier" version of me for the rest of the night.
    My recent post The great gas gauge of the forehead

  • http://www.aprilmwalker.blogspot.com april walker

    i definitely think about the being "holier than thou" thing a good bit and where the happy medium lies and the fear of losing the "me" that i know God created me to be. i think i'm going to read along…i would really like to know what a more april-ier me looks like :)

    thanks for sharing the read & being honest about your perspective!
    My recent post {anna & james}

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      i am really excited about this book. Heard Ortberg on the Catalyst Podcast and felt like his message was perfect for where I am right now.

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  • aaron

    Oh so jealous! Ortberg is one of my favorite. Can't wait to read that one. Your post reminded me of a lyric I just heard while I was running in a song by Thousand Foot Krutch. I kept thinking "I gotta post that"! They sang –

    "I don't wanna be perfect, just alright."

    Doesn't seem like much, but something about it triggered something in me. That would be the "Godlier me". If I could quit trying to be perfect (which I will NEVER achieve this side of Heaven) and just focus on being alright. That might sound like taking the easy way out, but actually, by me focusing on just being alright and not perfect, I'll achieve what Ortberg is saying. It's the strive for perfection – failure- disappointment – not alright cycle that gets defeating. Does that even make sense?

    All that from a song lyric…..

    Great post as always Lindsey!
    My recent post Things I Wrestle With

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      I like that. I can be a great alright. I'll always fail at being perfect.

  • http://duane-scott.net/ Duane Scott

    Hmmm…

    Now I have another book to add to my list. Let me do some calculations… Yep, I will officially be 343 years old when I get them all read.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    I love this post. I am eager to read the book myself.

    In the meantime, to answer your question, a more godly version of me is a more alive version of me, who is fully present to each moment and less preoccupied with worrying about the future!
    My recent post Question #6: Which is Most Important—Mission, Core Values or Vision?

    • http://Www.maurilioamorim.com Maurilio

      I think that a more godly version of myself would be Mike Hyatt.

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/human3rror human3rror

        haha

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/patriciazell patriciazell

      Michael, I am finding that if I love God with everything I have (and love others as I love myself) today, the future will take care of itself.

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Isn't loving (accepting) self the premise for loving others (as yourself)?

  • Mike

    Welcome to the club! Your struggle is one that goes on every minute of everyday for all believers. My first suggestion would be to take a deep breath. Its going to be ok. None of us are ever going to live up to the idea that we put in our own heads. We all do things that we know in our hearts we shouldn't do. One of the advantages of getting older is that it gives you perspective. Just hang in there and remember you are made in the image of God!

  • http://twitter.com/irishwings @irishwings

    LOVE all things Ortberg! :) that said…a Godlier John would be more patient with people in all situations…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Kevin_Martineau Kevin_Martineau

    I am reading "The Me I want to Be" right now too! It is resonating with me in so many different ways. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts on the book!

  • http://twitter.com/jrforasteros @jrforasteros

    Thanks Lindsey! I have this book on my (virtual) shelf and I think it just got bumped up!

    A more JR.-ier guy would use his words to heal more often. I think I've moved away from being hurtful as much, but now I want to swing in the opposite direction. Thanks again!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/DawnBryant DawnBryant

    If God made me to be who I am (say a gingko tree and not a day lily), and His spirit is at work inside of me, then I believe the Godly Dawn is the Dawn who can embrace who she is. The challenge? I always forget I'm different from everyone else ;)
    My recent post Talking with Myself

  • Lindsey Smith

    I am reading this too…and coincidentally my name is Lindsey. ;) I found that chapter to be clarifying or eye opening to me too. I always was afraid that becoming more Godly or holy meant becoming less fun, more serious. I also thought it wouldn't be as enjoyable. But I can say 100% that my life has changed over the last year and I truly feel more full, happier, more ME than I ever have before in my adult life. And it took letting go of those things that I believed enhanced me like alcohol or hanging with certain people at the same old places to truly become "Lindsier." And there I was afraid I'd be worse off. But that chapter is correct, I'm more of how God made me and i enjoy life more because of the changes and growth and I truly thing I 'm more of a pleasure to be around as well. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rosacola Rocco Capra

    A Free-er me. I want to be free from rules, bondage, controls, I want to live in the freedom of Christ. Free.
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  • http://www.ordinarilyextraordinary.com/ Amy Nabors

    Great thoughts Lindsey. Thanks for sharing. I definitely think we are free-er to be ourselvese when we live in the grace Christ gives us.
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  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com patriciazell

    I'm not in a race to be the best I can be–my goal is to be faithful. We are called to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. I focus on love and on asking God for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom–everything else will fall into place.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/kaikunane ThatGuyKC

    Lindsey,

    Thanks so much for sharing and being transparent. I'm in a chapter of life where I'm really wrestling with the idea of what a more godly KC looks like and having my perspectives challenged.

    Now I have another great book to add to my ever growing Amazon wishlist! :)
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  • http://charsteyn.blogspot.com Charissa Steyn

    I like that thought Lindsey… or rather thank you for sharing that from the Ortberg book :) The more free and in love with Jesus I become the more beautiful inside and out I will be!! So glad God makes us all unique, but also in his image :)

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