If you’re like me, it takes some focus to stay in your lane. When I drive, if I dare to glance at my phone or lift my sunglasses to see the radio dial – I know better than to trust that I will stay between those yellow lines.
It’s too easy to drift off towards the left or the right. Looking at my phone is soo tempting, and I’ve been scared enough by drifting, that sometimes I’ll intentionally toss my phone out of reach. Honestly, it’s good to be on guard. Staying a little nervous is sometimes helpful. I call it a “healthy fear.”
When my second son was a baby, he would cry and cry when he was in the car for long periods of time. I remember when he was about six months old I drove 2.5 hours to visit Nana and Grandpa. After a nice visit, as the boys and I said our goodbyes, my dad issued a warning, “Don’t be messing with the baby if he cries. Keep your eyes on the road.” Under my breath I muttered, “Sure Dad. I’m a mom.” Well, Dad was right. I remember that car ride home some 24 years later. He did cry. And I contorted my body, stretching my arm to place the binky in my baby’s mouth…all the while concentrating on keeping my eyes on the road. I think I even ended up pulling over to the side of the road at one point.
At the time, what sounded like callousness from my dad, was protection for his daughter and grandsons. He was right and I knew it. If I didn’t keep my eyes on the road I could easily drift into someone else’s lane.
Today I want to talk about staying in your lane. Lately I’ve been hearing this phrase more and more often. It’s funny how some phrases become popular.
What does it mean to stay in your lane?
Simply put – it means to focus on your goal, keep the faith, and above all finish strong.
Take a minute to think about it:
on the goal that God has set before you. For me, that goal is to write, write and keep writing. And concentrate on not being distracted, discouraged or defeated (by others or myself). It’s easy to get distracted by a good idea, or a good deed, or a good insult. ☹
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)
in the God who called you. God places desires in your heart. Pursue them. Trust Him – that He will walk you through the journey and use your circumstances to polish you.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
the race set before you. Don’t be distracted – keep your eyes on the Lord and what He is orchestrating in your journey for you to learn. Persist and persevere. Finishing a goal is a big WIN!
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12: 1b-2
God is faithful. He will walk you through.
He who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Sometimes keeping your eyes on the goal keeps you in your lane more than anything else. Stay focused on God’s calling and who He is, and He will escort you to where you want to be!
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