I am aware that it has been a while.
The truth is, I have not been inspired to write. Until just now.
I saw someone post a rebuke and I felt that rebuke and decided to reshare. I felt prompted to not repost but I ignored it and shared it anyway. My intentions were off and I did not realise at the time that that rebuke may have been either for me or my eyes only. For personal reflection and application where relevant. I should not have reposted. My excuse was that the person who shared it was ‘worthy’ so it must be right to share it (never mind that THE HOLY SPIRIT said no – *eye roll here*).
Can I just say that listening to the Holy Spirit is always right!
A few hours later, someone replied to the story with correction and I realised again that I should not have shared that story.
Fast forward to this morning and I read something that encouraged me and I happily shared that. Once I was done sharing, I felt a rush of peace with a confirmation that things like this post are what I should be sharing. I was in my lane.
You see, for a long time, I have known that God put me in this earth to encourage people. I am an encourager and encouragement is one of my gifts. It is where I thrive. That is my lane. I should have stayed on it.
Rebuke and correction are not*. Especially when there is a lack of a relationship or the opportunity to do it properly (without condemnation and an opportunity for grace and repentance).
When you stay in your lane, i.e. do what you are supposed to do, life is peaceful and fruitful. You reach many more people because there is grace to do that which God has called you to do.
Consider the following verses…
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne” – Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT
Thankfully, that post was not as popular as the others and I pray I did not wound many. I should have been led by the Holy Spirit.
I will remember to stay in my lane in the future. It causes fewer accidents!
Question: Do you know what you are called to do in the world?
Action: If you do, note this down and find ways to thrive in it. If you don’t, explore things you do regularly with ease which help others and note these down. Then find ways to thrive in it.
Staying in your lane is one way to live a fulfilling AND fruitful life.
Love and Blessings,
*Disclaimer – As Christians, we are called to correct where there is a need. I feel like some people are able to correct people without inflicting wounds. Where I have done it in the past, I may have condemned instead of corrected and I am careful to correct people when there is a foundation of proven love for this person and a relationship that allows me engage in correction.