Stay In Your Lane

IMG_0847(the man in the left truck seems to be motioning the man in the other truck to “stay in his lane”.  Chitwan, Nepal, 2014)

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I love writing. Years ago if you would have asked me if I did, the answer would have probably been “no”. But now, decades after graduating from college I reflect on the experiences the Lord has given me and I find great inspiration to write about them. From friendships to marriage to parenting to ministry, there has been so much to learn about and so much to write about, as the Lord leads.

To use a driving / car racing analogy, in my life the Holy Spirit has been the “pace” car. I haven’t always followed His lead very well. In fact, during my young adult years, I would go ahead of Him and then reap the consequences of my actions. I would lose my direction, allowing fear and anxiety to set in. I learned that life is not a circle (like a track) where we are free to go ahead of the “pace” car and still successfully arrive at the finish line. The track of life is open-ended. I learned through my struggles of competition, misappropriated anger, disappointments, health issues, difficult children etc., that I needed a pace car. I needed Jesus.

What locked it in for me was a prayer that my pastor taught us at church. Not only did he share it with us, he was living it as well. The prayer was this, “Lord help me to listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit”. I wrote it on a 3×5 card and put it on my nightstand so I would see it as the last thing at night and the first thing in the morning. Over time, by the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, I surrendered.

I could see a change in my heart, my choices, my pace, my desires, and my longings. More importantly, my husband and those close to me saw a change and a growth in me. I wanted what God wanted for me, I chose to go at His pace. I longed for my heart to break with the same things that broke His heart. I longed to serve Him with all of me. My desires became about Him and not about me. I learned how to get out of the way and let Him lead. I have a ways to go, but these days, my response to His leading is much quicker.

We have so many choices in life. So many “lanes” to travel in. But God calls us to live in the lane that is specific for each of us. Some would refer to it as “our calling”.

My calling is my responsibility. Your calling is yours. I can’t enter your lane until you have given me permission. You can’t enter into mine for the same reason. You can’t tell me how to parent my children, you can only encourage me on the journey. Don’t get me wrong, suggestions are great, when invited. I can’t tell you how to lead your ministry if you are the worship leader, but I can certainly encourage you in your role.

The Bible teaches about “walking with one another”. We need to do that. It doesn’t tell us to go around telling people what to do. By now you might be saying, “you are telling us what to do!”  Yes, because by choosing to read this blog post you have invited me into your journey.

Since we each have our own lane or calling, whatever you would prefer to use, God wants to join us in that lane. God has called you to something. Jesus wants to be your “pace” car, your guide and example. He gives us the Holy Spirit as our companion for the journey.

Just like I have been hoping you would join me on this journey of my love for writing, He is waiting for you to invite Him into your lane.

Your life is your race, not someone else’s.

Will you choose to continue and finish the race set before you with a pace car that will always remain ahead of you? Or will you choose to keep your eyes on someone else’s journey with the desire to be like them?

Stay in YOUR lane.

Be YOURself in the journey.

Keep YOURself connected to Jesus!!

Thank you for joining me on my journey.

Kinita

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