If you were to drive up to that bridge today, you will find it blocked, forcing you to turn around and take a different route. Luckily, it’s not a big town, and only takes a few extra minutes to do so.
This bridge has been closed for the past twenty years. The barriers are still in place and signs are still posted of its closure, but there is no need for them. No one drives up to it anymore. Everyone knows it’s closed and avoids it.
Sometimes we encounter roadblocks in our lives. We can put them there ourselves or someone else can. Either way, these roadblocks can make us stop and focus on the situation instead of on God who is waiting to guide us around these roadblocks.
Here are three roadblocks we often encounter:
Indulging in self-pity
When we encounter the roadblock of self-pity, we only think of our situation. The more we dwell on them, the more we are convinced we are suffering more than we deserve. We become unaware of the needs and sufferings of others.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Take your eyes off of the things that are hurting you, and put your eyes on the One who has promised to supply all your needs, and promises that those who trust in him will not be disappointed.
Refusing to forgive
When we refuse to forgive someone who has hurt us, we become bitter. It drains our emotional energy and can affect our health. More importantly, God cannot forgive our sins unless we forgive others.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Forgiving is more for us than it is for the other person because it allows God to work in us.
Comparing our situation to others
When we compare ourselves to others we become focused on what we do not have. We lose our gratefulness for what God has already given to us.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves along, without comparing themselves to someone else.
The next time you encounter any of these roadblocks, ask God to work in you so that you will know how to detour around instead of starting at the situation.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
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