Stay In Your 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, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith.
— Hebrews 12:1-2

Oh, how much faster would we run if ever we could learn to keep our eyes trained upon our own paths!

How quickly the sin of comparison trickles in and removes from us the ability to focus on our Savior, the director our paths, who Himself is also the Finish Line!

In our sin and fleshly humanity, daily we are met with the ongoing, relentless temptation to compare – to look to the left and to the right, to what other believers are doing, how they are performing, what they have been entrusted with, the things they are growing, pastoring, shepherding, or experiencing. We look to their races and their paths to see how we are measuring up. And before we know it we are unable to complete our own.

Why?

You cannot run with your eyes on someone else’s path.

On that breakfast morning beach, days after Peter had just denied even knowing Jesus, our Savior reinstates him. As Jesus informs Peter of the way in which he would eventually give his life for the Gospel, Peter frantically looks around, head spinning. Finally, when words form, he points to John and asks what any one of us would have asked:

Lord, what about him?” (John 21).

How much time do we waste asking that same question?

But Jesus reorients our constant preoccupation with everybody else:

What is that to you? You must follow me” (John 21:22).

Eyes on your own lane. And stay in that lane. Run to Me. Ignore all else.

Growing up, a friend’s dad had a laughable, yet dangerous habit. Were we as children to call from the backseat at something to marvel at upon the side of the road, without skipping a beat he would turn to look too. As he did, he would veer the car off the road into the direction of that to which he was looking. Should we point to a spectacle on the right, without fail he would unknowingly swerve the car into the grass on the right side of the road as he too looked.

The same is true of us spiritually. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Daily realign yourself with Him. Don’t get distracted.

And watch as everything else falls into place.

Amen.

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