How is your tolerance level when it comes to obstacles? Some see obstacles as proof a wrong decision was made. When obstacles show up they give up.
Here’s the good news. When obstacles show up, you have a choice. You can choose to frame them differently, to give them a different meaning. You can choose to see each obstacle as an opportunity.
For example…The average daily commute in the Washington, DC area is 2 hours. You can see it as waste of your life, as a sentence to solitary confinement, as unfair, as a financial drain, as a source of aggravation and stress – as a larger than life obstacle.
Or, you can frame your obstacle as an opportunity. How? See it as a chance to learn. With your cell phone you can listen to the greatest books ever written, and grow your mind. There’s something now called iTunes University. You can listen to college lectures from Yale, Harvard, Oxford on almost any subject of interest.
When people ask you about your education, you could say, “I graduated form i66 University. I had a full ride.” See it as an opportunity to learn something new two hours each day.
Betthoven chose to frame the obstacle of being deaf as an opportunity and became one of the greatest composers in history. Thomas Edison chose to frame the obstacles of repeated failure in his desire to invent the light bulb differently. He saw each failure as a learning opportunity and eventually realized his dream.
Any time you try to reach for a better tomorrow there will be obstacles – big ones. Every obstacle is an opportunity. Without obstacles there would be no victories. Without victories there would be no growth. Without obstacles you would never know the power and greatness of God. In our obstacles God is blessing us with our own story to tell to future generations. He’s giving us a testimony.
Before the children of Israel entered the land of promise, God brought them face to face with a large obstacle – the flooded Jordan River. Why would God lead them to an impassable barrier?
Here’s what Joshua says in Joshua 3:10 – “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites…”
In other words, “You’ve heard of God’s power, but today you’re going to know it for yourself.”
So, don’t give up. Be encouraged. Your obstacle is a God-given opportunity.