By Jen Ervig
“Find your lane and stay in it!” I first heard this piece of wisdom from Danice Squires at a women’s event at my church. Since then, I often find myself meditating on it and it’s implications. What she’s saying is find out what you’re good at and stick to it! When we discover our giftings, our God given talents and abilities, develop them, and put them to work, only then, are we truly happy AND truly being used as God intended.
Here’s another little tidbit to chew on, “If we try to be good at everything, we won’t be great at anything.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t just want to be okay at something, I want to excel! I want to flourish at what I’m naturally good at and happy doing! Now, that’s not to say that there won’t always be someone out there that’s better than me, because there will be. I may be a singer, writer, speaker, a social butterfly, BUT there will always be someone with a better voice, some one wittier with their words, more eloquent of speech, and more charismatic and fun to be around.
All I know is I don’t want to waste my time. Colossians 3:17 says, “Whatever you do, whether in word or in DEED, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” That means everything we do, we should do as a representative of Christ! Which means, we better be doing our ABSOLUTE BEST! No excuses! I’m not wasting my time by spreading myself out too thin; trying to give time and energy to be good at as many things as I can. That won’t serve the purpose of Colossians 3:17 in complete obedience. I need to find my one, or few things, that are God ordained talents and abilities and really focus on them!
By doing this, I’ll also save myself a lot of stress and disappointment. I have seen the people who want to be “singers” try to sing to EVERYONE’s dismay, when all the while they could be putting on AMAZING puppet shows for children’s ministry or whatever the case may be! I’ve also seen people who wish they could write, start a blog when they could be spending their time developing their music ministry!
Clues you may be in the wrong lane? Nobody compliments you or pats you on the back after you sing, write, cook, decorate etc, no one ever recommends you to do those jobs when the opportunity arises, and you feel self-conscious and doubt your ability after having done said deeds. Clues you’re in the right lane? The opposite of all the aforementioned happens AND your efforts produce fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven!
So, find your lane and stay in it! Find out what makes you groove, God groove, and causes those around you to groove when you’re grooving! Ha ha! Then, all will be truly groovy.
In Northwest Washington born and raised. On the church pew’s where I spent most of my days. Chillin out, maxin, relaxin all cool. Singin’, and actin’ or playin’ da fool, when a couple of guys who’re no good for me, ended up being bad company. One tragically ended relationship and my mom got anxious said, “you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Phoenix”. I called to the Lord and He came near with talent and purpose that brought me here. I was told I have gifts that need to be used. I thought man, “ha! well, I’m here to amuse!” I went through Global University and got my credential Now, I’m just working to fulfill my potential.
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