“I submit to you that frustration comes from not knowing your lane.” – Bishop David G. Evans, Money, Men & Motivation: BBC Diamonds Women’s Summit 2016
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Hebrews 12 KJV
For the past week, I have been reviewing articles about women who “do too much”. Some of the articles were convicting and made me focus on my life. In others I found comfort in the narratives of women who tarry and toil out of love for their family and loved ones. The idea that our love is so large and powerful that it can “do all things” is a seductive one; it drives us to perform the impossible, often to our detriment.
God assigned certain roles and attributes to all elements of nature. So how and why and how do we, as modern women, pick up the weight of the world? How do we get out of our lane? For some, the answer is circumstance. In our families, we are the provider of resources, direction, and nurturing. For others, its competence: we were “able” to do the job that needed to be done, so we took it on. Some of us do things to give us a sense of worth and purpose. A few of us are simply ambitious and take on all that we can to become the best version of ourselves we can envision. So the question remains – how do we know if we are doing what God would have us do or what we want to do?
Check your spirit. Are you thriving? Or are you stressed? Are you giving as good as you get, or are you in constant need of renewal? What is your motivation for doing all that you do? Is God behind all of the elements of your life, or have you carefully selected where you will let him direct your path?
If you feel like your efforts are in vain, you may not be in your lane. Take a moment to step back and see where your will is working, and not the Lord’s. Repent. Ask for direction. Be open to the shift, and align with God’s purpose for your life. Find yourself – and get in your lane!
By Daina A. Troy
Meditation: Psalm 25
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