Obstacle:something that is in the way.
Synonyms:block, difficulty, handicap, hardship, hurdle, obstruction
Antonyms: advantage, assistance, blessing, help

Have you ever been on the road driving to an important appointment or event and you encounter a traffic jam? Or maybe you get a flat tire? Maybe you were on your way to a job interview. Or Disneyland? You get impatient and frustrated.
I remember being on my way to a Dodger game and sitting on the freeway for over two hours because the freeway had been shut down. I can still feel the irritation and eventually the feeling of just wanting to turn around and go home.
Life does that to you, doesn’t it? You have hopes, plans, dreams and then you hit a road block, an obstacle. Maybe your obstacle was a divorce, illness, lack of finances. Maybe it was something totally different.
The definition of obstacle says that it’s a block, difficulty or a hurdle, something that is in the way of you reaching your goal, fulfilling your plans, living your dreams.
So what do we do? Do we give up and turn around and go home? Back to our safe, comfortable , unfulfilled life or do we press through and keep our focus and overcome that obstacle,that barrier,that hurdle?
Look, an obstacle is NOT a wall! It can be overcome! There’s no way through a wall unless there’s a door, but a hurdle you jump over, an obstacle you go around.
Problem is that we have allowed obstacles in our lives to rob us of our purpose and destiny and dreams. We look at what’s in front of it and just give up.
Are you going to allow past disappointments and rejection to rob you of your dream? Have you maybe even stopped dreaming because the pain and disappointment have gone too deep?
Please listen! Let go of them! They are weights that stop your momentum, your drive. Forgive those who have put obstacles before you. Forgive yourself for having made wrong choices, bad decisions. Stop focusing on the obstruction and hardship and look past it! Behind every obstacle there is a fulfilled dream waiting!
Are you going to give up or push through? Are you going to live an unfulfilled life or start dreaming again?
Let me give you a gentle push! You can do this! You owe it to yourself to go for it with all you’ve got! Let go of what’s behind you and jump those hurdles, overcome those obstacles! You have what it takes!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13, 14 NLT)