Stay in Your Lane

Stay in Your Lane

How many of you can remember Jr. High school? Those really awkward ages in 7th and 8th grade: the hair, bad skin and coordination problems. Do I really need to go on? All I want to do is fast forward through those memories. Of course there are some of that had it more together than the rest but I think the majority of us were just trying to figure life out and get through it.

Having worked with people as a pastor for most of my adult life I can say that there are still many of us that are still trying to figure life out and get through it.

From my limited perspective, a lot of that has to do with knowing who we are and why we are here. That’s one of life’s biggest questions right? Why are we here?

I can’t begin to answer that question without first changing the premise of the question.

I think we place too much pressure on ourselves when we make it about us working out such a complex answer. We were never meant to figure life out on our own.

The real question should be: Who has God called me to be and what does He want me to do?

We all have a purpose and a destiny that has been designed for us by the Lord. All we have to do is ask Him those key questions.

Once we have those answers, we can live a life of security and confidence in Him.

Once we are secure in what He has said then we don’t have to wonder what other people say or have. Once we stop comparing ourselves to others we can live in confidence. Not confidence in our own abilities or ourselves but in Jesus and His ability to do what He says He will do in and through us.

We can struggle our whole lives jumping from one career to the next, one relationship to another, one religion to the one after that, even one church to the next.

The struggle ends when we place our trust in Jesus.  We can stay in our lane and focus on what we should do.

Additionally, I believe when we don’t hear God about our lives we tend to put our call and future in the hands of other people so they can hear God for us.

When we do that we are sabotaging our call and future. We either open ourselves to manipulation or disappointment from other people. Those that we allow to have a voice in our lives are there to give us perspective but should always point us back to Jesus to find our true and final answers in God.

The plans God has are what He is dedicated to. Not our plans or anyone else’s. We have ideas and God has plans. We have to submit our lives, ideas, plans, futures, etc. to the one who has our destiny in mind and loves us more than we, or anyone, loves us.

When we do that we can find our place and be confident that God ordains where our lives are headed.

Thankfully, it’s not back to Jr. High!!