Recently I went to see my daughter run a track meet where the top five people in each race would qualify for the state championships. My daughter runs the 100 yard dash and does extremely well at it. Before the 100 yard dash is run for girls, they run the 100 meter hurdles for girls. In the finals for the 100 meter hurdles there was a young lady who had been warming up and looked like a sure favorite to win it all. I heard her coaches talking behind me about how well she had done all season and that they expected her to place at the state championships next week. This young lady and seven (7) others lined up in the blocks and the starter raised his gun and then called "set" and then fired the gun. These eight (8) young ladies moved rapidly out the blocks and the young lady I refered to got off to a great start, however, she tripped over the first hurdle and ran out of her lane. When she ran out of her lane the judge raised a red flag and she was disqualified from the race. Though she is a great and gifted young lady she did not make it to the finals where she was sure to place. She did not make it because she did not stay in her lane.
My friends I want to encourage you today to know that you have a lane designed for you by God and in that lane no one can be better than you and you win every time. In your lane your skills and abilities look their best and in your lane you will be happiest. There is no need to compare yourself to others who are in the race just run your race and stay in your lane. If you are a writer, then write. If you are a singer, then sing. If you are a teacher, then teach. Whatever you do make sure you like it and you are gifted for it. If you do these things you will have great success in life and in the kingdom.