I’ve picked up a new hobby: writing food reviews. Strange, I know. But I am enjoying it. Recently I’ve been reviewing chicken sandwiches. Currently, I have tried twenty different chicken sandwiches and have posted eighteen reviews, with the remaining two reviews coming soon.
My biggest takeaway so far? Stay in your lane!
What I mean by that is this… for the most part, if you want a really good chicken sandwich, you should go to a chicken restaurant, as opposed to a burger joint. While I am not going to reveal my chicken sandwich rankings just yet, I will say that of my top five, only one burger restaurant is among them.
What does this have to do with anything spiritual? Here’s some ways that wisdom applies to the Christian life:
If your primary spiritual gift is teaching, but you don’t have the gift of evangelism, while you should still seek to be a faithful witness for Christ, focus your energies in developing and deploying your teaching gift. And vice versa. Gifted evangelists should spend most of their time honing and exercising their gift.
If you are not an expert in a given area, think twice before correcting or criticizing someone who is an expert in that area.
For example, several years ago an aspiring young photographer approached my Dad (an accomplished photojournalist), asking him to take a look at her professional portfolio. He was glad to help, and prefaced his comments by telling her he would be honest with her, in order to best help her develop and improve her craft. As he was making recommendations, instead of gratefully making note of his counsel, she chose to argue with him about his critiques. She never made it as a photographer.
God has designed you and wired you in a magnificent way (see Psalm 139.13-16). He has a wonderful plan to use you for His glory. Don’t try to be somebody you are not. Discover your divine design. Once you discover how He has designed you and wired you and gifted you, be the best YOU God has created you to be. Stay in YOUR lane!