Oh, the hurdles the befall us. Whether it’s society throwing a curve, or a roadblock making the journey tougher, or some people throwing down a stumbling block in front of us – when life trips us up, it hurts.
No more stumbling blocks!
A few stumbling blocks to avoid:
- A friend gossiping about another person
- You didn’t get that job (or raise)
- Someone criticized you
- That tiny, but habitual, sinning thing that seems to interrupt your spiritual growth
- Getting frustrated at yellow lights (or brake lights)
- Dirty looks from passersby
You know what trips you up. Here’s a verse (and two versions) to recall when hurdles come your way. It’s Psalm 119:165 and I’d ask you place both the KJV and NIV into memory.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them – KJV
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble – NIV
Catch some of the key phrases for those who love God’s Word? Great Peace. Nothing Shall Offend Them. Nothing Can Make Them Stumble.
Audience of One, remember? If someone looks at you sideways or starts to show their fangs, you can love them as you walk away (and pray they calm down until you can gather again).
Side step the tripping points. Have faith and patience with life’s curves. And make sure you’re not throwing down blocks in front of others. (Rom 14:13)
Remember the Dick Van Dyke Show? In one season’s opening titles, Dick’s character, Rob Petrie, trips over the ottoman as he walks in. But he learns, and in another season he side steps it. If Rob can learn, so can you.