Tuesday, October 8, 2013

dealing with obstacles



No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,

The obstacles we face are of all different parts of life.  Some are tied to relationships.  Some are filled the issues of money.  Some are internal.  How we deal with those obstacles is a big deal.

Some things ought not to influence us.  We often let things that mean very little have a big impact on our lives.  A little water comes into our lives as a ripple, and it becomes a tsunami that wrecks our lives.  That happens with things that matter and things that don’t matter.  It is a choice we make as to what we allow to get our heart beating, our stress elevated and our fear running a marathon.

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.  We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

It is time to capture the things that come through our lives and give them the ability to do what is important.  Here is a reminder: people are important.  By judging the happenings that roll our direction we can make our lives much stronger.  One of the ways this works best is to not stress over things that will be gone in a short time.  Put more time and effort into the things that will be with us longer.

The verse above is not just about the bad stuff in taking the bad captive and kicking it out of our lives.  It also works with capturing the good stuff and helping it stay in our lives for a long time.

Obstacles really are opportunities to grow and to strengthen our lives.  Before the obstacle comes in we need a plan.  When the obstacles arrive, we have a way to deal with them that will be productive and helpful.  Further, by the way we deal with these obstacles helps people around us learn who we serve and how great our God is.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

God wants to build our lives.  He will as we allow obstacles to make us thrive rather than to just survive through them.  Dealing with obstacles should make us more like Jesus and less depressed.  It is important to learn how to best to deal with obstacles!

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