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June 17, 2019

We're Far from the Shallow Now

Sometimes I listen to music that isn't explicitly Christian. I love both soulful harmonies and inspirational lyrics. One song that keeps popping up on Spotify and the radio is called, "Shallow." This song is from the soundtrack of the movie, A Star is Born, which was released in 2018. When I initially heard the Academy Award-winning song, the first two verses fully captured my attention. The lyrics reveal an intuitive theme: when we are unhappy, we feel it is because something is missing. When something is missing, the way we tend to fill our voids is to numb or distract ourselves from the pain. We can do this  by becoming successful or by finding a temporary high; however, I think a common way we try to fill voids is through meaningful relationships. According to my Human Development class, healthy young adults between the ages of 20 and 29 are looking for intimate relationships where they can be known and safe. This is different from those in their teens, who are looking for identity and individuality. Teenagers, as opposed to young adults, are more likely to search for a purpose to live for. Looking for deep friendships and searching for a purpose is not bad, but unfortunately, people will never be the answers to happiness, and our purposes will shift with our stage of life. The writer of this song meant to describe a relationship between two human beings; however, I thought it was such a beautiful picture of how Christ invited me to dive deeper into a relationship with Him. 

The song, "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper goes:

"Tell me somethin', girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?"

How would you answer this question? Are you searching for something? When I was a new Christian, I knew I was searching for more. During that season, I was getting to know the answer to my search –– Jesus. Living life with a void is a real and familiar feeling. I know many times I have felt that my life was missing a purpose. We can fill this feeling with many things such as dating partners, friends, wedding planning, grades, or careers. I know I have tried to use my "great Christian family" as a way to find happiness. I'll even go one step further–– I tried doing non-profit work to see if that was what I was searching for. Let me tell you: nothing works outside of Christ. The Bible is really clear about Christians who are in the shallow end of a relationship with Christ, better known as being lukewarm, or on the fence: Revelation 3:15-16 says, " I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." In Isaiah 29:13, "The Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.'" If those two passages scare you, take those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, and have a conversation with Jesus. Maybe you need to take a jump . . . I am convinced we will keep searching until we dive in all the way with Christ. 

"Aren't you tired tryin' to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?

I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself
Longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself"

How about some of these questions? Are you trying to fill a void? Do you need more? I would answer yes to these questions. I need more than this modern world and I am tired of trying to fill voids. Jesus wants to fill the voids in our lives. He longs to give us more than what this modern world has to offer. From the stories I have heard, many people who grow up in church struggle with their need to decide about whether or not they want to follow Jesus. My decision happened when I was a junior in high school. I wrestled with the character and person of God from ages seven to 17. I was a believer, but I had many questions. Without fail, the Holy Spirit met me right where I was. I felt so very close to God during those moments of questioning. My season of wrestling with God ended when I decided I was all in. I didn't want to be a Christian just because my parents were. I didn't want to be lukewarm. What this looked like practically was that I no longer relied on others and myself for my happiness. I desired to go to Christ with every part of my life, finding joy instead of happiness. There was no going back. No more being terrified of Revelation 3:15-16! This was a positive result of diving into the deep end with Christ. I was now "far from the shallow." 

"I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I'll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Coming to learn who Jesus Christ is will be a lifelong journey. Where are you in your journey? Only Jesus can fill those desires of wanting something more; however, He will keep you searching for Him until you dive completely into the deep end of His love. There can be no fence riding— the hypocrisy of living one foot in the world and one foot in the church. God will not be mocked. We are either living for Him or for ourselves. 

Even though I thought doing non-profit volunteer work would make me happy, I really was living in the shallow end because I was living for myself. I was living to secure personal happiness and satisfaction as opposed to desiring with my whole heart to live out God's will for my life . . . whatever that entailed. Even striving to be the best wife in the world would not fill that void because again, I would be living for myself. When I thought I was a "good person" because I attended church, I was far short of living for Christ. From my experience, diving deeper into a relationship with Christ is the only way to fill my inner voids. Ask God the questions you need to ask and move from the shallow end and dive into the deep end with Jesus. He promises to fill that void, to give you something more, and to give you joy instead of happiness so that you are no longer searching. Jesus wants to fill the void in your life too. He longs to give you more than what this modern world has to offer; you just need to go off the deep end and far from the shallow.


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Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.

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