#thirstythursday / stay in your lane

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Stay in your lane.

Have y’all heard that lately?

Honestly, I didn’t know it was such a common term. Even the youngsters must use this because it came up in a google search for Urban Dictionary:

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So, yeah – y’all. Mind your own business, ha!

Actually, I was thinking more about all the ways we should stay in our own lanes, besides the definition from Urban Dictionary.

Swimmers cannot pay attention to the lanes beside them, or they lose focus and fall behind. We saw this several times in the Olympics. Stay in your lane.

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Runners in track competitions cannot cross into the lane of other runners for some contests or they become disqualified. We saw examples of this in the Olympics where one of the women’s relay teams got to re-qualify because someone came into their lane and messed up the baton hand-off. Stay in your lane.

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When driving you cannot swerve into the other lanes or you risk an accident surely. Stay in your lane PLEASE people.

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Then, there’s the lanes at any given grocery store on a Saturday. And I really wish all the people who don’t know lane etiquette would just get out of my way and STAY IN THEIR OWN LANE!

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There’s one more lane that’s been on my mind lately. This lane is a little different, but still a race we’ve each been entered into.

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

There is a race marked out for us – the Bible makes that clear.

Your race is different than my race, keep that in mind. We each have our own lanes, our own talents and skills.

We’re reminded in Hebrews of several key steps to running our race –

1 – throw off everything that hinders and any sin

2 – run with perseverance, don’t give up

3 – fix our eyes on Jesus, consider the one that went to the cross on your behalf and who is sitting with the Father right now. Also, don’t forget that He too had opposition. When we’re tempted to say it’s too hard and give up, oh yes – He’s been there.

4 – don’t grow weary and lose heart.

I’m finding more and more how staying in my own lane becomes easier when I follow these steps above. When I run my race the way God intends me to, life seems a little more doable.

I don’t get so caught up in competition. I don’t worry and fret as much. I don’t dwell on the past, but move towards the future.

Wherever you are in your race, I pray you’re encouraged to stay in your lane and fix your eyes on the one that marked the lines just for you. Jesus.

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Grab your Bible and read Hebrews 12. Highlight those steps God is calling you to in running the race that has been marked out just for you.

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