Find Your Lane & Stay In It

When it comes to life, it’s all very simple – Find your lane.  Stay in your lane.  Keep smiling!  First, find your lane.  What is it that makes you, you?  What God given talents do you possess?  What are your interests?  What pursuits excite you, cause you to wonder, explore and discover?  

Have you ever noticed that people are very different when it comes to their interests, their hobbies and their goals?  You know people who spend a great deal of their time working, studying, learning and growing in areas of life that don’t interest you in the slightest.  They are so passionate about their lane, their interests and their talents.  Not that you don’t think that what they are so passionate about isn’t important.  You just can’t imagine getting that excited or spending that much time on such pursuits yourself.

Well, guess what?  Someone is looking at your life right now and is thinking the exact same thing.  Finding your lane isn’t about following the crowd or being the person that someone else believes you should be.  (Don’t allow people to should on you!)  Finding your lane is about discovering who God has created you to be.  Finding your lane is exactly that – finding your unique, individual lane in which you live, work, play and pray. 

Who are you?  What interests you?  To what are you drawn?  And to what aren’t you drawn?  What do you have a burning desire to get better at, learn more about and practice?  All of this will help you to find your lane. 

Chances are very good that you already know your lane.  Yet, maybe the world, your family, your friends or even your own fears are preventing you from claiming your lane.  You will never look for something until you realize that it’s missing. So, find your lane.

After you have found your lane, stay in your lane.  Nobody is good at everything.  Nobody even truly wants to be good at everything.  If you believe that you want to be good at everything it’s most likely the result of someone, somewhere, some way, teaching you that you have to be good at everything.  You must rely on yourself and yourself alone.          

This isn’t God’s design for life.  God thinks of every aspect of life like a body.  A body is made of many parts, all of which do different things.  Yet, all of these different parts, that do different things, come together to make a complete, working body.

“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:18-20)

It’s natural that the world would shine a spotlight on certain talents.  The world sees certain parts of the body as more important than other parts of the body.  Yet, in God’s design, all talents, all parts of the body, are vital and important. 

The trick is getting good at staying in your lane.  Discovering your talents, your part of the body, and being it with no regrets, no fear and no inferiority complex.  Being the best you that you can be.  And then allowing others to do the exact same thing.

If your talent is to help, then help but don’t take over.  If your talent is to teach, then stick to your teaching.  If your talent is to give encouraging guidance, then give encouraging guidance but don’t get bossy.  If your talent is leadership, then lead but don’t manipulate.  If your talent is compassion, then keep your eyes open for opportunities to show compassion.  And on and on and on.  Stay in your lane.  Thus, allowing others to stay in their lanes.

Finally, keep smiling.  Your happiness isn’t dependent upon the world shining a spotlight on your talents.  Your happiness is dependent on being the best you that you can be.  Find your lane.  Stay in your lane.  And then start enjoying this wild ride called life.  No more worries about being everything.  Simply be you.  Which, by the way, is everything.  For the body is incomplete without you.