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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Perceptual Obstacles

What “obstacles” (v .14 [below]) are hindering God's work in your life? What areas of your spiritual walk are in need of repair? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1041). 

And it will be said: 
Build up, build up, prepare the road! 
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
(Isaiah 57:14 NIV).

I don't consider myself "handy" to do many chores about the house that I know some others are willing to tackle in their own homes. I always call a contractor. This is because early on in my life I got the idea that I was not "handy". Consequently, I have not accumulated the tools nor the skills necessary to do such chores. In other words, in many ways the child was the father of the man. My feelings of inadequacy have only served to compound them. Just so, I think the biggest obstacle hindering God's work in my life is the restricted perceptual field that I have in many ways self-inflicted. 

The obstacles that I can readily name in my doing God's work are probably not the biggest ones. These big ones include all those potential areas of service that I have precluded from being even options open to me. The basis for all of this probably arises from feelings of inadequacy and fear. I simply "don't go there" in thought or action. Some things are inconceivable to me because of my self-inflicted and unduly limited perceptual vision.

Here, the encouragement of others can be decisive. Some years ago I would never have even considered taking up the almost daily task of writing a blog. But a friend of mine encouraged me to do so. I thought to myself, if he thinks I can write maybe I will be able to do it. Now after several years I have gained much confidence in my ability to daily contribute to a blog. Being an encourager is something that all of us can do. The fundamental task of an encourager is to expand the perceptual field of a friend—to open up to them heretofore inconceivable possibilities. The encourager serves to allay fears and help remove blinders. Self-talk and self-encouragement can never equal in importance nor impact the wider vision made possible by the helpful contribution of others.

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