Staying in My Lane
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on March 3rd, 2015

​“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, 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  
Hebrews 12:1-3

​Isn’t it just wonderful how dynamic God’s word is and how we can read and re-read a scripture and He can speak to us with a different message each time.
This scripture in Hebrews was just that way for me this week.    This passage has been a ‘go-to’ reading for me whenever I need that little bit of encouragement for endurance or perseverance… to stay in the race… to keep going… to cast off hindrances... to reach the goal.  
But this week when I read these verses, something else jumped out at me …
​ “- the – race – marked – out – FOR – ME –“
​It doesn’t say ‘whichever way I am running’ or ‘wherever I want to go’… it says “the way marked out for me”.  There is a specific path for me, a specific lane on the highway of life that is just for me!  
Now, true enough, knowing that God has a specific plan and path for my life isn’t an epiphany, we are told through many passages in God’s word that we each have a specific talent, role, path, etc.  And in Ephesians 2:10, we are told God even determined our path before we were even born: “For we are created - His workmanship - created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” 
So what was God’s new message to me this week?  
​Stay – In – YOUR – Lane -.  Stay on YOUR path.   
​Think about it, what would happen on the road if all those moving cars didn’t stay in their lane and just started driving wherever they wanted.  It would be chaos, movement would be impeded, everyone would have to slow down and eventually all progress would come to a grinding halt.  This is also true as we are all moving along our life paths together.  
​“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you, make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.” 
Proverbs 4:25-26

Being Distracted

​If I am not keeping my focus on Jesus I can become distracted, make a wrong turn, run into someone else, go somewhere I do not need to go or just get totally lost and completely turned-around or stranded.  If I am focused on Jesus, I will be moving toward Jesus; but if instead I begin to focus on the prize, or the scenery, or other drivers, etc, I will veer off path and begin moving in an altogether different direction – even away from God.
​“My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.” 
Psalm 25:15

Following the Wrong Signs

​I can’t make any progress or complete the work God is needing ME to complete if I am taking side trips off of my life path.  I can’t allow myself to become distracted by all those billboards Satan is building up urging me to take the next Exit; I need to remain focused on Jesus, He will provided discernment so that I can follow God’s directional signs and continue on to my destination.  
​“And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” 
Matthew 7:3

Running Someone Else's Race

​I can’t stay in my lane if I am focused on someone else’s path.  Yes, I have to be aware of all the other drivers, but if I am more concerned with how they are following their path, I am not focused on my path.  If I am rolling down my window to get their attention to tell them in how I think they should be following their path, not only am I am NOT focused on my own path, now I have become a hindrance to someone else on their life path.   Stopping to offer assistance to someone in need is our responsibility, but trying to take ahold of their steering wheel to drive them where we think they should go is distracting to both of us, counter-productive and prevents everyone from reaching God’s destination.
​So as we each follow our paths every day, I pray that we will all heed God’s message to us; because as we do, we will be putting ourselves in the most effective position for God to use each of us to complete the great works which He has set aside for us to accomplish for the good of His heavenly kingdom.
Stay in YOUR lane  *  Stay focused on Jesus  *  Don’t get distracted  *  Follow only God’s signs  *  Don’t be a hindrance to others
Blessings Soul Friends    
I'm linking up today with Darlene Schacht, Time Warp Wife, for Titus2'sDay  and Kellie Balarie's #RaraLinkup
​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a blogger, Bible teacher and speaker
passionate about inspiring & encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ.

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Nisha - March 3rd, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Dear Jana,

Saying hello from "Titus 2sdays!" ;)

What a beautifully written post, it really resonated with me. "Staying in lane," is one of my life's motto's and an ongoing life lesson. Thank you for the encouragement, wisdom and scriptures (that I will add to my bible study).

Jana - March 3rd, 2015 at 2:51 PM
Thank you Nisha for the encouragement and for stopping by!! Blessings my #titus2sday friend!
Laura Hicks - March 3rd, 2015 at 3:20 PM
Great post! Running our own race. What great analogies all throughout. Visiting from #testimonytuesday
Jana - March 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 PM
Hi Laura... thank you for your encouragement! Blessings, Jana
Kim Stewart - March 3rd, 2015 at 6:38 PM
Jana, what beautiful words today for #raralinkup! I have such trouble with distractions - thanks for encouraging me to keep my eyes on Him only! Have a great day, Kim
Jana - March 3rd, 2015 at 6:46 PM
Kim I get soooo distracted! Glad to know I'm not alone! Have a great day!!
Ginger Harrington - March 3rd, 2015 at 7:06 PM
Love the reminder to stay in my lane. As a gal with some definite co-dependent leanings, I find myself in others lanes way too often. Enjoyed your post today. Visiting from Testimony Tuesday. Linked with you last week and thought I'd come back. So glad I did.
Jana - March 3rd, 2015 at 10:20 PM
Hi Ginger! Thank you for dropping by again! Blessings new friend!
Tania Vaughan - March 4th, 2015 at 2:35 PM
What a revelation - notes from this have gone straight into my journal. I am so often in the wrong lane or even the wrong race because of comparison and distraction. I have my own race to run! Thank you so much for this encouragement
Jana - March 4th, 2015 at 8:15 PM
oh me too Tania! I can get so distracted!! Thanks for dropping by! Blessings
Kelly Balarie - March 5th, 2015 at 3:27 PM
Jana, I love that you bring this up. I was just thinking this week the same thing. How I can't look at other people's races and compare. We are set out to run straight to the arms of Christ and he has each of us on different paths. I love that you have joined the #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith. It is a pleasure to have you.
Jana - March 5th, 2015 at 10:06 PM
Thank you Kelly... I appreciate the warm welcome to the #RaRalinkup family. It is totally my blessing to be in such extraordinary company. Blessings,
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