What Wisdom Has Taught Me About Obstacles

I once tried to run track when I was younger, not very successful at it though. One of the track and field events I tried was the hurdles. The normal hurdle sprint race is 100m (women) 110 m (men) and 400m. For the 110m hurdles, the first hurdle is 13.72 meters (45 ft) from the starting line. The next nine hurdles are 9.14 meters (30 ft) apart. Then from the last hurdle to the finish line is 14.02 meters (46 ft). So in this race, there are a total of 10 hurdles. The height of each hurdle is 83.8 centimeters (33.0 in), and they placed in a straight line. During the hurdle track and field event, you must leap the artificial barriers and cross the finish line. How many artificial barriers do we have to cross in our lives to cross the finish line?


To run the track and field event, you must determine your stride. If you take 15 steps between hurdles, your stride could be too short. If you take 14 steps, means you switch lead legs for each hurdle. You have to find out which leg you are faster leading with. However, most hurdlers use a combination of 13, 14, and 15 steps. To overcome the hurdles in our lives, we have to determine how we are going to overcome them. Sometimes we can tackle one barrier at a time, and then there are other times where we need to put on our “adult big girl or big boy underwear” and tackle several of them. The combination is critical to your success.


The hurdler needs to be a hurdler. They don’t have to be the fastest because sprinting and hurdling are different. To be a great hurdler, you must be able to jump over obstacles with minimum or very few disruptions. To hurdle, you must be able to run and leap over obstacles while maintaining your speed. When approaching the hurdle, you must endeavor and overcome quickly and efficiently. To overcome your obstacles, you don’t have to be super-spiritual. However, you do need a relationship with the Lord. He is the one who will give you the strength, stamina and energy to cross the finish line.


An obstacle is a thing or something that blocks your way, prevents, or hinders your progress. Obstacles are also known as barriers, stumbling blocks, hinderances, snags, complications, problems, disadvantages, or interferences. When we think about our personal lives, obstacles can be a financial burden causing emotional stress, not appreciating or accepting your personal value, trying to be perfect, or overworking yourself.

We don’t always think about it. However, the following can be obstacles too. We face the following personal obstacles often and don’t realize they are obstacles (lack of): pain, patience, discipline, knowledge, inspiration, desire, passion, or skill.

Then there is the fear of change, fear of failure, we procrastinate, become disorganized, allow distractions, don’t take responsibility for our actions, and makeup too many excuses. The biggest obstacle of them all is too much complaining.

What To Do

The first thing is, to be honest with yourself. Most of us evaluate others harshly and ourselves very lightly. We lie to ourselves. Since we don’t tell ourselves the truth, we never get better and never change. So first things first. Take a moment, or as long as you need to identify the obstacles that are preventing you from getting what you want. Take control of your life, your actions, and your thoughts.


There is always a starting line and a finish line. In between the lines, there are hurdles. If you don’t get your techniques right, you will fall over the hurdles, hit the hurdles or even worse fall and not finish the race. The only way to finish the race is to run fast and jump all of the hurdles (obstacles). I would love to say it will be a piece of cake. You may get some bruises along the way. However, it is going to take work, time, and lots and lots of tries. Obstacles of there keep us from the finish line; however, with the Lord, you can do it and cross the finish line!!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NIV

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. II Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Sheralyn WoodleyComment