5 Practical Things Noah Can Teach Us
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
Whether you are familiar with the biblical account or are only vaguely aware of the new Russell Crowe film coming to theaters, Noah and his arc have not disappeared throughout history.
Many sunday school lessons as a child have I listened to the tale of a man named Noah who built a giant boat, loaded it up with his family and two of every animal, then waited out the flooding of the earth and arrived safely on Mt. Ararat. However recently, I have heard a very interesting talk about some of the individual lessons we can gather from Noah and this period of his life.
1. We’re all in the same boat.
While we may have different circumstances, upbringings, and journeys… we all have 24 hours in a day. We all have fears, insecurities, and problems. Hurting people hurt people. The more you get to know someone, the more similarities you will discover.
2. Be prepared. Noah built the Arc BEFORE it was raining.
“Dig the well before you need the water.” You have to expect the best, yet always be prepared for the worst. (A common misconception of this quote being, “Hope for the best, and expect the worst.”) We all back-up our phone’s address book – what stops us from backing-up our lives?
3. Be fit. You may be asked to build something when you’re 700 years old.
Our health is important! Make sure you’re treating your body right.
4. Just remember, the Arc was built by ametuers while the Titanic was built by professionals.
Do not feel pressured to be ‘the best’ at everything you do. Of course, try your best… but don’t beat yourself up when you make mistakes. Perfectionism can be a curse. Don’t let it weigh you down; let it build you up.
5. Build your future on high ground.
Never apologize for high standards. You can do it! Look at your future as something bright and new. Our futures selves tend to reflect how we think of ourselves now.
“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe