I am currently reading Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. I do not know how I missed this book in my search for new books last year, but here I am sneaking in late to the party after all the confetti has fallen from the overpriced confetti cannon. Hello, everyone.
The premise of the book is about learning to live in small moments in a fast moving world (hence the cover). This small living is called "simply Tuesday". There are many great quotes in the book like,
Or the time she quotes Os (can I call him Os?) and drops the mic.
The one part of the book that I can't shake is the part where she talks about a time she went to an indoor water park and was watching tons of lifeguards. She tells it this way,
I signed up for a race one time. Ahem, one time.
I was in 3rd grade and signed up to run the Hershey Track meet in Charles City, Iowa. I was going to be the next Marion Jones (before we knew about the drug problem) so I signed up for the 100 Meter Dash. When I went to the line, they told us to make sure we stayed in our lane. The next thing I knew the gun went off and I shot out of the blocks (okay, there were no blocks, but for cinematic effect) and collided with another girl that left us both on the track with skinned knees, disqualified efforts, and a tear-fest that lasted two weeks.
I got out of my lane and ran into hers.
That was one of my first and last track meets.
(Well, there was that one time in 8th grade I won the 800 meters and Ike thought we would be a super star track couple. Sorry for the disappointment in life, Ike).
I thought of that story after reading Emily's words about the lifeguards staying faithful in their assigned lot.
Sometimes I get out of my lane.
I try to do things that I was never meant to do or be someone who I really am not.
I try to take on all the world's problems and soon become disappointed that things aren't changing. Kindness isn't winning.
I try to be everything to everyone & give the less presentable parts of me to my family.
I start trying to be a jack of all trades and soon become a master of none.
But, then she came along...
I know my lane. I know my assignment.
My lane is to...
- Invest in my marriage & care deeply for it. Fight for its perpetual health.
- Be present to Eden and her needs. Mother the way she deserves.
- Love my (immediate and extended) family.
- Care for my home and the environment I cultivate for my little family.
- Cherish my friends. Find and keep my home team.
- Put my heart into my work and students. Mentor and sharpen them to be world changers and kindness seekers. "His kindness leads me to repentance."
- Share community with my church and give my talents to its health and helpfulness.
- Love our youth group hard and be there for them when needed to give wisdom and encouragement.
- Be an active member in our community.
- Take time for my own wellness (mental, spiritual, & physical)
- Become friends with our neighbors and learn what it means to be an actual good neighbor.
- Be present to people and show genuine kindness.
- Write words that inspire, encourage, and equip.
What if I worked on these seemingly "small" things in my life instead of looking at someone else's lane and stop trying to do a ministry that was not mine to take? I wonder if we all stayed in our lane, the power of consistency and care in our small, little worlds, how much of an effect that would have in our own large world. Do things that set you on fire and soon maybe this world of ours will be aglow.
Here is some homework for you, make a list of your lane. Find out what it is you were made to do and do it well.
Don't try to bake if you are allergic to flour.
Put down the mic if you got a little Kanye in you.
Don't think you can do it all because you weren't made to do it all, but you were made to do your assignment.
It's easy to think someone else's assignment is more important or more glamorous, but He gives the purpose and heck, bring your own glam squad.
He doesn't ask us for perfection, but He does ask us for our faithfulness. He isn't going to be asking us if we did someone else's job, but He will ask if we did ours and did we do it faithfully? All we have to do is stay in our own lane.
I don't know about you, but I just sighed a loud sigh of relief.