Hiding our Roadblocks drains our energy for life
and keeps us from reaching our God-given potential.
Roadblocks are not unique to just a few of us, we all struggle with various types of obstacles. Unfortunately, we sometimes choose to hold on to this these barriers rather than take the necessary steps to dismantle them.
External Roadblocks are physical barriers; circumstances, or people that hinder us from pursuing a positive path in life. Internal Roadblocks are negative attitudes, emotions, or habits. And much like our external obstacles, our internal barriers hinder us from going where we need to go, doing what we need to do, and keep us from reaching our God-given potential.
I’ve found the first critical step in overcoming roadblocks is simply to admit we have them. When we take an honest, objective look at ourselves, our circumstances, relationships, behaviors, and habits, we can more clearly see the obstacles that are hindering our goals, damaging our relationships, and keeping us from living the life God desires us to live.
I love Pastor Peter Scazzero’s honest assessment of our need to get below the surface of our roadblocks in order to fully experience God’s power.
“It wasn’t until the pain exposed how much was hiding under my surface of being a ‘good Christian’ that it hit me: whole layers of my emotional life had lain buried, untouched by God’s transforming power.” Peter Scazzero — Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
I personally spent years hiding guilt, shame, insecurity, fear, and sin before God brought me to a place where the pain of staying the same became greater than the pain of changing. Thankfully, I was forced to expose my brokenness and Roadblocks, so I could begin to break them down and heal. God’s Word also reminds us that keeping silent about our struggles causes us to waste away and drains our vitality for life.
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:3-5
This is an important reality to remember when contemplating our obstacles. When left unexposed and untreated, our roadblocks will continue to manifest themselves in destructive attitudes and behaviors, that we, in turn, pay the price through the breakdown of our physical and emotional health.
Begin today and take the first step today and admit your Roadblocks.
- Spend at least twenty minutes today talking to God about the roadblocks in your life and journal the things God brings to mind.
- Talk with a trusted loved one or friend. Admit your roadblocks to them and ask them to pray for you as you begin to journey through the process of dismantling them.
- If needed, seek counsel from your spiritual mentor or a Family Christian therapist. Don’t wait — reach out today and make an appointment.
- Write down these scriptures on notecards and commit them to memory:
- Isaiah 57:14
- Job 5:8-9
- 1 John 1:9