So, I know that this topic sounds kind of abrupt. However, how many times have you said to someone, “stay in your lane”? Maybe you didn’t say it to anybody, but thought it to yourself or mumbled it under your breath. Well, what if I told you that sometimes we should make that command to the man (or woman) in the mirror?
There are times we admire someone’s gifts and abilities to the point we want to do that very same thing. There are times we see someone hurting or not doing so well in life and we want to go and lend a helping hand. Nothing wrong with that morally, but what if it wasn’t your place? There are also times when we feel the need to take on everyone’s burdens as our own and never really think about if we can mentally, physically or emotionally afford to carry those burdens. Countless examples of this exist in our everyday lives.
I believe we overextend ourselves so much, so often, that we don’t even take the time to check with God to ensure we are in His will. All good things are not GOD things. We have to do a personal check and balance to see what the driving force is behind all of these actions.
Are you doing these things to fit in or for acceptance? Are you trying to maintain your relevance in someone’s life? These are questions that I had to ask myself because I had been in that place countless times. Most of the time, I wound up feeling used, unloved and bitter.
Why? Because I wasn’t in God’s will. I saw a quote one time that said,
“Don’t leave this earth letting everyone use you but God.”
Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Today I encourage you to examine your actions. Not the people you are in relationship with. Not your neighbor. YOU. Be who God called you to be. He didn’t call you to be everyone’s savior. He already did that. He didn’t call you to be a replica of someone you admire. He called you to be you and that is enough. You are enough. Until next time, be big, be balanced, be blessed.