How to stay in your lane
"Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." Zechariah 4:10
Many of us scroll the social media realms getting hyped up on the newest trends, comparing our lives to what we see, and mimicking their success. What we don't realize is that many people don't understand the sacrifices, the work, discipline, and dedication that it took for them to get there. Quite honestly, we don't know if they even got there with the right morals.
Anyway, through some bible study, I read up on ways to help each of us stay in our lane.
Problems With Comparison
Why do we compare?
- We compare because some else is living the life we want to live
- Their success motivates us
- Their failures motivate us
- We think that if we get to do what they do we will be happy
Why is it dangerous?
-We become unhappy with your own life. If the picture doesn't turn out as perfect as their highlight reel, we start doubting ourselves.
But I want you to think about this: Who did God give your vision to? Them or you?
What is laid out for others to walk is not for you. You can mock someone else's steps all you want, but the only thing mocking does is cause you to idolize another person, instead of staying in your lane.
We will all get to the finish line. While cutting corners, and mocking success seems beneficial, in the end you will fail. Because you never put in the work to build the foundation you need for success.
Building A Solid Foundation
The foundation usually starts off small. It takes a lot of discipline, and usually doesn't look too pretty. You stay consistent and creating a habit slowly, but remember this: If God gave you the vision, he's going to give you all you need to get there, but you have to do your part. It's not going to fall into your lap.
First things first, staying in a daily communion with God is pertinent. You won't know your purpose if you aren't consistently speaking to the one that designs it, orchestrates it, and helps you implement it.
Growth flourishes when standing in uncomfortable situations. Think about a pregnancy. That belly is growing so much your jeans won't button no more. So what do you do? Wear leggings or wear jeans with elastic bands. You adjust and adapt to the change. You don't force the jeans to snap closed. Why? Because that belly needs room to grow!
So in your life you adapt to the change, no matter how uncomfortable because in this adaptation, God is brewing up some things for you. All because you stepped out of convenience and trusted him.
God is not a convenient God. Faith takes work. He gives you the full decision to do what you want, but it takes discipline to obey his word.
Basics of Discerning God's Voice from Your Own
If you are tapped into God, you will be able to discern his voice against your own thoughts. If what is being asked of you doesn't align with God's purpose for your life (which is also backed by scripture), that ain't God.
No matter how glittery that gold may seem, it is not always from God. Remember: Just because it makes you happy doesn't mean it's Him.
Go to God and inquire about that job, that relationship, that money decision, that contract, and expect to hear from him, then you'll get the answer. When you do, you better fact check it with scripture and his purpose for your life. If it don't add up, it ain't it.
I pray God opens each of your souls to His spirit's discernment. That God's voice is louder than the noise, and you are able to empty yourself so that you can be filled with God's love and direction for your life. It won't be easy, but the benefits are beautiful.
- Stay in your lane
-Stay consistent & disciplined
-Appreciate what you have right now
-Growth comes with communion with God
-Comparison is the thief of joy
-Don't idolize someone's success
-start small and build a solid foundation
-Dream big and trust God's plan for your life
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10