“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” – Jack Canfield
As I drove home from work yesterday, I was waiting at a stoplight crossing a new overpass. As I sat at the light looking around and pondering as I often do; I looked to my right and noticed a tubular steel barrier. Now, I know these barriers are placed on roadways to mitigate risk by minimizing vehicular damage/personal injury during collisions and as a safety mechanism for pedestrians, but my mind wouldn’t shut down thinking about these barriers even after the light gave me the official go ahead.
As we all proceed forward on this journey called life; none of us are exempt from challenges, obstacles, impedances or road blocks. If you really think about your own life, you can probably relate to something positive that happened as a result of some struggle. Those metal barriers represent those things in life that we encounter that are holding us back from great potential.
It is always a choice to continue to allow life barriers to prevent us from moving forward, but in order to repair any damage that has been caused; we must be willing to accept them in order to overcome them. We know that most tangible objects here on earth were built with human hands, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to damage. When those objects need repair, it requires an intervention to bring them back to a state of normalcy.
Spiritually, we all have our short falls; but that surely doesn’t mean we can’t overcome them. Sometimes we are the biggest creator of our own excuses, meaning the barriers that we have created are merely self-imposed. Almost all great things come with great effort, so I challenge you to think of those barriers in your own life and consider reconstructing completely or consider continuing repair on something that has been holding you back.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with the endurance the race God has set before us” (Hebrews 12:1-NLT)