OH, THE HURDLES OF LIFE…
If there was a name that would NOT be a good name for me, it would be “Grace”. I am definitely not the most graceful swan in the pond! I am the only person I know that has slammed a car door on her own head! (Don’t ask!) I have broken twenty-one bones; slid across a platform on my face in front of hundreds of people; and have even fallen up the stairs. Keeping that in mind, I want to share with you one of my more graceful high school moments. The incident occurred during P.E. (Of course there was a male P.E. class in full view on the field as well.) We were having to run “track”. Unfortunately the only track event I was half way good at was throwing the shot put and that was not what were were going to do! On this day, we had to be timed on the hurdles. I thought to myself, “Okay, you got this! Size them up, take a deep breath and just do it!” I lined myself up on the starting line and thundered off. I got to the first hurdle. My shin hit it with such force that I knew for sure I was damaged for life…. But, that was only the beginning. Due to my forward thrust, my face became a battering ram for the next two hurdles before I finally came to rest in a humiliating heap. I was so embarrassed, I never wanted to see a hurdle again! To be candid, I never wanted to go back to P.E. again.
As you can tell, I remember that event like it was yesterday. There are “hurdles” we face in life that can lay us out as miserably as what happened to me that fateful day in high school. So, how do we deal with Life’s Hurdles? What should our attitude be? How can we keep these life events from stopping us completely? The word “hurdle” is defined as a temporary barrier. Hurdles are not meant to be permanent barriers. In life we will face many challenges or hurdles. It is our “choice” as to how we will deal with them. Here are some possible choices:
- Stop in front of the hurdle and just say “forget it… I am not trying any more.”
- View the hurdles as a permanent situation – something that will never change.
- Think of it as “impossible”.
- View it as a temporary challenge, one that I know that I know God will see you through.
- Check all perspectives: Ask myself, am I looking at this situation from God’s perspective – a vantage point of faith?
- Ask God to show me what He is trying to teach me through this – knowing that He will work all things out for good for His purpose.
- Seek godly counsel and start working through whatever it takes to get on the other side of the problem
- Practice patience – learn to wait…. (I hate that word – but know there are many lessons that can be learned while I am patiently waiting.)
Hurdlers will tell you that properly running hurdles is a three step process. I personally believe that traversing my own life hurdles involves a three step process as well:
- Get started… quit avoiding the issue.
- Get real… Face the situation with true honest transparency.
- Don’t quit. Trust in the fact that God will complete the good work He has started in us.
Hebrews 12:1: 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. I want to close this little writing with one last point: we have to do our part! Notice this scripture says “let us”… We have a part to play in this. We cannot expect God to just miraculously solve all our problems. Yes, we can only find victory in Christ. Yes, we can only do all things through Him. Yes, it is the Lord that has given us the authority to take dominion over our problems…. BUT… we have to choose to do our part as well. We have to choose to listen and obey; to walk by faith; and to keep our eyes on Him. The imperative word being, CHOOSE. There is one thing no one can ever do for us or take away from us, our power to choose!
I would be an extremely lousy hurdler in a track and field competition; but, for Christ, I choose to do all I can to run the race well. #justdoit/runningtheraceforHisGlory