Changing Lanes to Stake Claim to Your Territory

Staking Your Claim While Changing Lanes

Staking Your Claim While Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes a 2002 movie about a young hot shot Wall Street lawyer and a struggling insurance agent who are involved in a fender bender while changing lanes on the freeway. They realize that they are both due at the same courthouse in courtrooms literally next door to each other. The Lawyer leaves the insurance agent on the road stranded causing him to miss his custody hearing, which would have blocked his ex-wife from taking their two sons to live in another state. The Lawyer accidentally drops crucial power of attorney documents at the scene of the collision that the insurance agent now has.

Both men do morally reprehensible things to one another in an attempt to recover their territory.  Each one becomes more and more vindictive with their vicious actions until they almost kill one another. This made them both take a look at themselves and neither of them liked what they saw. In the end the lawyer represents the struggling insurance agent, pro bono, to get custody of his sons while his estranged wife moved out of the state to further her education…The insurance agent gave the hot shot wall street lawyer the documents to submit to the judge to win his law firms fight. In the end they were both able to claim their territory by helping one another Stake their Claims.

How many times have you been in a fender bender of life changing lanes while attempting to stake claim to your territory? How many times while in your natural self you left something important behind that was detrimental to your salvation. Our morality should never be in question when we are Staking Our Claims to be in God’s Good Grace.  We are taught that God is LOVE. That even when we are not righteous in our plight to be one in the body of Christ God still loves us.  In order to get to where God wants us to be to get what he promised we will have to change lanes.  When we are changing lanes let us not forget what our mission is.   Please remember when we are aggressively attempting to take back what belongs to us we should do it without malice. It is important to know that when you get to the point where you have to change lanes in your life that you don’t create a collision that will leave who or what you are trying to claim on the side of that road.

Comments(76)

  1. Susan says

    Great job! Keep up His work

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Susan for your positive feedback … please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  2. Cynthia says

    This is profound message, Debi. Blessings for sharing.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Cynthia for your positive feedback please feel free to check out the blog weekly for updates

  3. Christy pullum says

    Wow this was very POWERFUL and definitely came at a great time in my life.. I whish I could share this on my Facebook page. Well said with a wonderful message.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much Christy for your positive feedback and taking this post to share with others … please feel free to check out the blog weekly

  4. Courtney says

    Great insights and advice. Can’t wait to read more from you.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Courtney for the positive feedback please check back weekly for blog updates

  5. Domonique says

    Wow that was great very powerful. Good job. Good message. Keep uplifting people and spreading the word. Keep telling others about the goodness of Jesus.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Wow says a lot Domonique thank you for the positive feedback … please check back weekly for spiritual updates

  6. Shanique Daniels says

    Awesome! Powerful message and great advice. Thanks for providing astonishing insights.Looking forward to read more from you.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Shanique for taking the time to read and receive your message … please feel free to stop by weekly for blog post and spiritual updates

  7. Brandy smith says

    This story speaks so true to my testimony and I am blessed to know that whatever god brought you to he will get you through!! I have built my faith not in man but his word!! Thank you for sharing looking forward to reading more.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Brandy you had a word in you … thank you for feeling inspired by God’s word and continue to grow in the spirit .. please feel free to check out the blog weekly for spiritual updates

  8. Amber says

    Inspiring message! God is LOVE!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      God is love Amber … I want to thank you for your positive feedback please check out the blog weekly for spiritual updates

  9. Denise Allen says

    God is using you girl, Great Job! Keep sharing your gift!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Denise thank you so much for taking the time to read and give a beautiful response to the word as I perceived it … I’m expecting a visit to Kingdom Builders from you soon … please check this blog regularly for spiritual updates

  10. Ms.Anji says

    This message is very powerful, thank you and please continue God’s great work…

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so very much Ms. Anji being a faithful worshiper of God’s word your comment means a lot but please check weekly for updates

  11. Christina says

    Very good message and well said.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback please check Kingdom Builders blog weekly for updates

  12. Anette says

    This is a powerful message

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you for the positive feedback please feel free to check this blog weekly for updates Deb

  13. Althea says

    Interesting analogy I enjoyed reading your thoughts and it has given me reasons to reflex on my own life passage.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Althea for your positive feedback and I’m very happy you could have a reflection .. please feel free to check back weekly for blog post updates

  14. Dieece says

    The Lord uses ordinary people like you to spread His word. Your message is so timely. Thank you. Now, I am going to try to let go, and let God. I’m dealing with something right now, and your message is telling me to let the Lord fight my battle. The Lord knows it’s hard for me to let Him handle my issue, and I am so thankful for you sharing this inspiration blog. You don’t know, but my pastor also told me to let my God fight my battl, and here you are saying the same thing as my pastor, and you don’t know my pastor. You know that this is a confirmation that you are doing what the Lord wants you to do. May God continue to bless you.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much Dieece for this beautiful response … Godd does move through all of us … I’m trying to keep God in me so please come back and see through future post weekly and feel free to always let me know you were here by leaving a comment

  15. T Sheppard Alexander says

    Very thought provoking and engaging, loved your use of this movie’s story line to make the point, that HOW we do what we do matters as much as WHAT we do.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you for the positive response T.SheppardAlexander it is appreciated … stop by my time to view new posts and please feel free to leave a comment

  16. Donna Miranda says

    Very good job!

    • LaVerne says

      I remember that movie, the way it was expressed here is very eye opening. Great job!

      • Deb Mahoney says

        Thank you so much for your positive feedback please check out the blog weekly for spiritual updates

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much for the positive commethat. .. please feel free to stop by weekly for blog updates. Thank you for calling me as weLloyd looking forward to hopefully seeing you on Sunday at our 9am service

  17. Carla says

    Good food for thought. I look forward to reading more thought provoking messages.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Carla I appreciate your positive response. .. please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  18. Kila says

    And the church said, AMEN!…. “don’t create a collision that will leave who or what you are trying to claim on the side of that road.”…That part, POWERFUL. Thank you so much for sharing Deb. This was beautifully constructed, please continue to edify God’s People through your writing. I love it!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much kila for that wonderful response … I have extended an invitation tonly my church redeemable whenever you see fit to visit …please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  19. Lawana says

    Well done !!!!!! Thank you for sharing this with me !!!! Praise the Lord

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Lawanna I am happy to share it with you and please come back to check for spiritual updates

  20. Lorenzo Lawson says

    Amen! Sister Deb (Big Sis). I pray that God continue to impart His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that you may not faint in your well doing. This was very informative and a timely word for this season. Bless you Big Sis and KBCF

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much Lorenzo my brother for the wonderful response please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  21. Sean Longmore says

    A simple yet POWERFUL message! What a great reminder for all of us as we start this New Year! Gods is love. May He continue to shine upon you with grave and favor. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to your next blog!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Sean thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read the blog posts on my church website your comment are greatly appreciatedo. .. see you soon

  22. Jenn says

    Well done lil sister, I love that movie Samuel Jackson is a good actor

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much for this beautiful response check back in a weekly for updates on the blog

  23. Sonja Brown says

    Deb, this is so necessary. I applaud you for your obedience. I love the conversational way you make it so easy to get the message. I am a big fan. “It is not enough to worship in the santuary only.” Love it,LOVE you!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Sonjia my good friend for your posutive response on my blog post … please check by weekly for spiritual updates and I love making Gods work personal

  24. Keithy says

    Love it keep them coming back for more!!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you so much for your positive response…please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates …

  25. Tiffany says

    Great job! Great message looking forward to more.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Tiffany

  26. Auntie Phyllis says

    Love the message in this Debbie. Give us more!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Auntie for the positive response … I Shall … please feel to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  27. Nayo says

    Debi I really appreciate how you made direct connections between a movie and how God is working through all of us in our busy, and at times, hectic lives. It is so important to not lose sight of our end goals, and make sure that we are not hurting others in our quest and journeys. I have seen Changing Lanes and enjoyed the film, but never made a spiritual connection between the film and my own life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and powerful insights.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Nayo for this inspirational response … I’m so happy that I could connect a few dots for you … yes God is in everything and I aim to express this with each post I create … please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  28. Nia says

    Very beautiful and inspiring message. When you said “it is important to know that when you get to the point where you have to change lanes in your life that you don’t create a collision that will leave who or what you are trying claim on the side of the road” very thought provoking. Great job!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Nia for your response. Please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  29. Oaklandfinest says

    Amen. Thank you for that insight

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you for the positive response please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  30. Tremayne says

    Sunshine, you are onto something VERY BIG !!!!! I really enjoyed the read ???? let em use you all up ????

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Tremayne I intend to do just that. Thank you so much for your positive response please feel free to check back weekly for spiritual updates

  31. Jerry Robinson says

    Wow thank you Deborah for such a powerful reminder that sometime it is too easy to lose focus on what’s important in our lives so again I say thank you so much

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Jerry for your response I appreciate you taking the time to make a comment please check weekly for spiritual updates

  32. La Tosha Langworthy says

    Very Inspiring Message. Keep up the good work.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Tosha for taking the time to read and respond on this post. Im glad it was inspirational for you. Please check weekly for updates.

  33. Kristie Carter says

    Thanks for the encouraging words cousin. Let the Lord continue to use your gift to help others

  34. Tiffany says

    Thanks cousin, that was very inspiring this morning! Looking forward to more!!

  35. Sharon ???????? says

    Hi Debi,
    Thanks so much for the inspirational message..just when I need God’s guidance to direct and order my steps…no matter which roD I travel!!

    • Deb Mahoney says

      This is awesome that you read the post thank you Sharon stay tuned for the next post this week

  36. Harold Mason says

    Awesome!!!! I completely blown away at this- With what I’ve been up against this IS a message for me –

    Trying to operate without malice is so hard especially when it’s your turn to hit back OR go for the knockout WITHOUT malice –

    Lord Jesus

    Thank you, thank you thank you Deb

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Harold you are more than welcome. I’m so happy that you were the ear to hear … I asked the Lord to use me and I believe this is happening… I try really hard to be obedient in my praise, my worship and my prayer … thank you for your support.

  37. SHAVONE MAHONEY says

    THAT WAS A GREAT STORY AND TRANSLATED INTO FAITH VERY WELL,I THINK THAT WE ALL NEED TO TAKE THE TIME AND LOOK AT OURSELVES AND SEE ARE WE REALLY CHANGING LANES TO MUCH.

  38. Neisha says

    Great post says a lot about how a bad situation can turn out good.I enjoyed reading this I look forward to more posting. Very uplifting to know good things are still happening through all the bad.

    • Deb Mahoney says

      Thank you Niesha

  39. Gwen jackson says

    thank you for the inspiring words looking forward to your furture intrence please pray for me as i pray for you and your work

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