When you’re in your own lane, there is no traffic!
Have you ever found yourself driving down the highway, when out of nowhere, the car in the lane beside you begins to swerve in your direction!? So you turn and give them the death stare, and yell “What is your problem? Stay in your lane!” Or, something like that… Well! I know the feeling, it can be frustrating, as, it happens in Phoenix all the time. Low-key, it is probably *texting and driving* Anyway, I said all of that, only to say this… stay in your lane! Not just on the highway, but in every aspect of your life. Whatever it is you want to do with your life, I am sure that you want to be successful. One of the keys to success, happens to be… “stay in your lane!”
Don’t compare yourself to other people. While it is okay to admire and learn from those who are more experienced or well seasoned at what they do, it is not okay, to compare yourself and belittle your own talent, gift and ability.
If God has called you to do something and you happen to do it differently than someone else, embrace the difference and do you! You have a different purpose, that you were called to. You were birthed into this world to fulfill a different purpose, to satisfy a different need than the other. Dare to be different. Don’t be afraid of being different. Yes, you will get tired of me saying “stay in your lane” and “different,” but please hear me out.. I beg you! Do not compare yourself to someone else. God has entrusted you with a specific gift, he did not give to someone else an identical, he gave it to you. Even if it appears to be same, its not. He trusts you, to own your craft and to put in work, to be the best that you can possibly be. Not, to measure up to someone else. Don’t belittle what God has given you or what you are capable of doing.
If you don’t know which lane you belong in, then remember this: It’s okay to venture in another lane, before you fully recognize where you belong. Now, I realize that sounds hypocritical and completely contradicts everything I’ve been telling you. However, I want you to know that if you find yourself swerving into an unfamiliar lane, learn from that experience. See, if you were to swerve and hit or come close to hitting another vehicle, I’m sure you’d learn your lesson. Next time, you would be less likely to do whatever it was that caused you to lose focus and swerve into another lane. Likewise, learn from every experience. If you find yourself outside of your comfort zone, learn from it. Now you know, that is or is not where you belong.
Stay in your lane..
This simply means to be exactly who God created you to be. Accept that you were not created to be a carbon copy of somebody else. Too many people are striving to be reflections of their idols, the people that they look up to and aspire to be. It is okay to admire them and to follow their examples. However, we must not let it take away from our individual assignment, which is to be individual! Be who you are, exclusively. And when you do this, you will notice that not everyone will applaud your moves. Not everyone will support you. And, not everyone will understand you. That is okay! In fact, in most cases, that means that you are doing something right.
All I’m saying is…
So stay in your lane, for the safety of yourself and others. Someone is waiting for you to make an impact, to make a difference in this world. This cannot be done if you are trying to be like someone else or live up to someone else’s standards. Live up to Christ’s standards, because at the ended of the day, he created you and his standards are the only one’s that really matter anyway.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You were created to do great things. Stay in your lane and don’t be afraid of change. Acknowledge God in all of your ways and he will direct your path! That is a path that will lead you to success.
How to stay in your lane…
Seek God, to develop an understanding of your purpose and what he has called you to do, in order to fulfill that purpose. Once you have a good understanding of what you are called to do, then other things and other people will not be able to sway you or discourage you. You will be able to stand firm in your calling, and not be moved by any gust of wind blowing your way. It’s okay to be you-nique and to do things the way that you do it. Don’t try to do it like anybody else. Stay in your lane.