If you spend any time watching television, you’re probably familiar with DirecTV commercials featuring the actor Rob Lowe. Today’s message of encouragement is drawn from the ad in which “regular” Rob Lowe has DirecTV and enjoys his wireless setup and great picture, unlike the “peaked in High School” Rob Lowe, who still has cable. High School Rob Lowe doesn’t mind the fact that he still has cable, he says, because he is still the captain of his high school football team. He is still wearing his high school “letter” jacket and looking to his past to find his identity in his present . . . which is paralyzing his future.
The same message is delivered in the sitcom Community, where Troy, the jock character, is still wearing his high school letter jacket at Greendale Community College. Considered his signature item with its large purple “R” embroidered on the front left of the jacket, Troy’s letter jacket serves as a constant reminder for him and all the other students of his previous life at Riverside High, where he was the star quarterback. Eventually Troy settled in to the new season of life as a college student.
QUESTION: Have you settled in to your current season of life—in whatever station this finds you in—or are you looking to your past to find your identity in the present?
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
There is no “peaking in high school” for the people of God. God has wonderful plans to prosper you with an unimaginable future, one built upon the foundation of a holy hope. Your identity is never to be found in your past. It is only to be found in your Prince. God has you right where you are for two incredible reasons: His glory . . . and your good! The key to living His perfect plan in your imperfect life is to learn from the past, live in the present, and lean into your promised future.
Whatever challenges you are facing today . . .
- Marriage difficulties
- Parenting a prodigal
- Opposition at the office
- Stress at school
- Friendship fallout
- Relationship speed bump
- Peer pressure
. . . your God is at work, both in you and through you. Remember, your identity is never to be found in anything you have ever done, are doing, or will ever do. Your identity is only to be found in the One who can meet you in your place of deepest need and move you into a future of unimaginable joy. This can be your daily experience when you refuse to live for anything smaller than Jesus.
Hang up that proverbial high school letter jacket and hang on to Christ alone!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!