I was listening to a sermon the other day by Bishop T.D. Jakes and he said something that rang so true and deep; “It’s not your business who God blesses.” Often in our walk with God we can become sidetracked by the blessings others may receive that we have decided they either don’t deserve or the question, “Why not me God?” begins to consume our mind. “But God, didn’t you see how they treated me? And you are going to bless them?”
We need to stop acting like others blessings are our business and that we are the authority on to whom and how those blessings are handed out. We must stay in our own lane on the highway that God has given each of us to travel on. “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.”-Isaiah 35:8. I don’t care how tattered or broken your lane may be or how much better someone else’s lane may look compared to ours. Our lane and what we do in and with it are of great importance.
Problems with focusing on others lanes (and blessings):
*Rubbernecking at someone else’s lane can cause an accident in your own lane. Distractions are detrimental, that’s why they are one of the most used tactics by the enemy to derail us.
*Often the test comes when you watch someone else being blessed, especially if you think it’s someone undeserving. How you react shows the true condition of your heart.
*Often what looks like a blessing, may not be.
*You do not know every detail of that person’s life. We only see snapshots while God sees and knows all.
How to stay in your own lane:
*Prayerfully ask for your calling/purpose to be revealed. Many times we get consumed by what others are doing simply because we don’t know how we fit in the puzzle of this life. When we don’t have clarity or vision we become focused on what others are doing instead of what we are supposed to be doing. We must go to God and ask Him to reveal that to us.
*Appreciate and be grateful for what God has blessed you with. When we begin to shift our focus to the positives, our whole outlook changes. We will embrace life more as well as what we have been blessed with. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”-Hebrews 12:1
*Fix your lane! If you don’t like it, fix it! Figure out what it is you don’t like about the current condition of your lane and start the steps to fixing it. Remember, though, that Rome wasn’t built over night and change takes time.
*Be aware of what and why someone else’s lane (and blessings) triggers a reaction in you. Also, go to God quickly with it and ask for forgiveness so that a seed of bitterness does not take root.
*Start praising God! Praise Him for what He has done in your past and for what He is doing now in your life! Speak life over your life using God’s word. Allow His word to consume your mind, heart and soul.
All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
I supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
I will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
You are accepted (Ephesians 1:6)
I have great plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
You are Bold (Proverbs 28:1)
As always, every one of you is important to the kingdom, so put your crowns back on, throw your shoulders back and act accordingly to what God says about you!
About the Author:
Leilani Glassmyer is a single mom to a beautiful 4 year old little girl. She is in love with the Creator of the stars. Her mission is simple yet so big, to encourage and bring Jesus to all in need. To bring hope by loving people, writing, photography, music, poetry/spoken word and meeting people right where they are. Gods Grace is her air.