PICK YOUR LANE CAREFULLY

(This is part of last weeks sermon: Life is a Highway, Chose Your Lane Carefully)

Last summer going through the metropolis of Dallas, Texas we had lots of choices on what road we’d take. If we picked the right lane, we could get exactly where we wanted to go, but if we chose the wrong lane, it could take us way off our course. There were left exits and right exits, signs leading to here and there. More than once in the past, I’ve been in the wrong lane, and it’s taken me an hour to get back on the right road. But this time, we stuck to the map and got exactly where we wanted to go.

Life isn’t much different. We’re always making choices on what lanes to choose, so pick your lane carefully because every road leads somewhere. Choose wrong and you could be in BIG trouble (Proverbs 14:12).

Here are some lanes that we sometimes get on that don’t have a good destination:

1) THE FAST LANE

  • The prodigal son knew something about the fast lane. He was in the fast lane, in a hurry to experience the fun of the world. He found out that the fast lane will eventually wind up in the pig pen (Luke 15:11-16). There’s so much more to life than how much fun you can have and how fast can you do it.

2) THE FALSE LANE

  • God doesn’t pull any punches. He hates false things (Proverbs 20:23, Proverbs 6:16-19). There are so many things in this life that are false. They look one way, but they’re really not. The lottery tells you it’s the richest pot ever but doesn’t tell you your shot at winning is 1 in 25 million. If it’s too good to be true … it probably is. God desires honesty and faithfulness, not falsehood. Watch out for the false lane on the highway of life.

3) THE FOOL’S LANE

  • There’s one thing I don’t want the Lord ever calling me and that’s a fool. He did with the man in Luke 12:16-21, who spent his entire life storing up treasures on earth and not in heaven. So many people choose fool’s lane. “If I can’t have more, I’m not going to be happy,” they say. When multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller pasted away, a group of men gathered around his accountant and asked, “How much did he leave behind?” “All of it,” the accountant said. Don’t choose fool’s lane.

4) THE FEAR LANE

  • So many people are scared these days. Scared to drink the water, breathe the air, leave a door unlocked, play outside, go for a walk, etc. “Do not fear” is mentioned 365 times in the New Testament. That’s one “do not fear” for every day of the year. I’m thinking that since it’s the command given to us more than any others … maybe God was trying to tell us something. Something like … “DO NOT FEAR!”

5) THE FAITH LANE

  • Now here’s a good lane you can take in life. The faith lane is the only lane that leads to something productive. It leads to eternal life (Hebrews 11, Romans 10:17).

They say “life is a highway”. Pick your lane carefully because whatever lane you choose, you may be on it a while.

(This is a brief outline of last Sunday’s lesson (minus the meat and a handful of stories). If you want to follow along on the internet: Click Here. For those with dial-up who can’t make it work: Click Here. )

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  1. Anonymous says:

    great stuff, I will definitely steal that someday…

    brian

    nice alliteration, too, preacha

  2. Chris says:

    Wish I could have been there to hear it in person. Looks like it would have been a dandy!

    BTW, ever watch “Facing the Giants” yet???

    Thanks for the encouragement to live our lives in the right lane!

  3. Neva says:

    Preach the Word, Trey.

    Peace
    Neva

  4. Matt says:

    Trey I love how you think. you said fast lane and I thought of Abraham and Hagar there are no shortcuts.

    love ya bud
    FMtWR

  5. Monalea says:

    I Like!

    Monalea

  6. Neva says:

    Sometimes it isn’t just the lane you pick, it is who you are riding with. The person behind the wheel might just pick a lane that is uncomfortable or dangerous. Maybe that is why we should all walk

    (in the light or maybe even dance)

    teehee
    neva

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Chris … stay after me on that one.

    Neva, That really is a good point. Know or trust who’s driving or leading the way.

  8. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    Great post.
    I want to be on the Relationship lane. I want to know Him more and more each day. That is the lane I think that drives discipleship.

  9. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey, you reminded me of the story of a sign. I have heard it is on the way to Alaska and i heard it as an old time sign. It read pick your rut carefully. You’ll be in it a long time.

    Picking the right lane can make all the difference. As a big city person, I have had to commute long distances and know you can change lanes at different times and different spots and move much quicker than if you just pick one lane. This may not have the same spiritual application but it does have truth. Maybe we should be open to changes that come and know how to watch for the road ahead rather than thinking I’ll just follow along with the crowd.

    James

    Trey,
    As part of James thought, what if the lane changer has a depth perception vision problem?

    As I was leaving Lubbock after a tiring weak of fun by myself with the 3 kiddos, I missed the airport exit. I was settling the kids in for the trip and was so oblivious that I ended up on the South loop at University before I turned around. Then I was cut off and tried to avoid someone else so I missed the exit again and found myself going to Slaton. After I turned around that time I had no idea how to get back on but with another series of events I left Lubbock. I can’t tell you how many times I have done this by myself. I don’t know why I was not able to pick the right lane today. Maybe God was redirecting my lane choices today.
    Kathy

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have decided to delete my blog but I can be seen on here from time to time as anonymos! Thanks!

    Brandon Voss

  11. Anonymous says:

    ps. I gave trey a call down to texas on His Churches answering machine at 12:30am lol, Trey you sound like a cowboy! Loved the accent! lol

    Brandon Voss

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    James… you’re right about the ruts. I talked in the sermon a little about “West Texas” ruts. When you get in them, sometimes you can’t get out. Same is true in life. You get stuck on a road you’re not supposed to be on, sometimes you can’t get out.

    Kathy… no more road trips for you without a gps. Come to think of it… wouldn’t your spiritual gps be the bible?

    Hi Brandon.

  13. The Preacher's Household: says:

    yes it would. I usually do not have a problem, but see where distractions can get you…
    K

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am distraught! forgive me!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Brandon said above!

  16. john dobbs says:

    Well done, Trey. I’m as behind in reading as I can be … but I will be running this in our bulletin this week. Appreciate you sharing!

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