Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

“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 NIV

“The strength of a river is between the banks.” ~ Writer Cara Grandle on Periscope

Sometimes it takes a different angle before we truly see the truth. Example? I know that familiar scripture about running the race set before me. Running. Effort. Perseverance. A goal line to cross. A crowd cheering me on. I’ve written about it before and still see a lot of truth buried within the analogy.

Then, I listened to Cara Grandle’s writers’ encouragement show on Periscope where she talked about the strength of a river being between the banks. That instead of spreading ourselves too thin into areas we were never intended to go, we need to focus our flow within the unique boundaries of our own journey. That perhaps instead of trying to do whatever marketing thing other people are doing, we need to give ourselves permission to stay where we operate best. In the area of our strength. In the path marked out for us.

She then drew the comparison to runners staying in their own lanes in a race. Of course, her point was that as writers and creatives, we each have our own individual projects and timelines but that we can encourage each other to keep moving forward. But the virtual lightbulb went on in my head.

God has a race marked out for me. It may be parallel to the journeys of others, but it is uniquely mine. There are books that I am to write. Authors I am to mentor. Writers I am meant to encourage. Children I am to parent. A marketing plan I am to execute. And so on. Like a lane on a track or the banks of a river, there is a path for my feet to follow.

And there is freedom there.

I don’t have to try to be like everyone else or fit my story ideas into a box of someone else’s making. I have only to seek God’s wisdom to see my path and then move forward in obedience. That’s why, as I cross the halfway point of this year, I am determined even more to run the race well…by staying in my lane.

What about you? Have you fallen prey to the comparison game and tried to run someone else’s race? Have you found yourself spread too thin and need to regather your efforts within your sweet spot?


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