Have you ever set a goal and told others so they could encourage and support you along the way? What did that goal look like for you? Weight loss? Going back to school? Quitting drugs or alcohol? Studying your bible or spending more time with God?
If you’re like me, I have to surround myself with people likeminded with my goals. When I’m trying to lose weight, I have to hang out with people who eat healthy and exercise. When I tried to quit alcohol, I had to stop hanging around my drinking friends. Which reminds me, not everyone has your best interest at heart. Some people do not want to see you succeed. Some people do not want to see you do better than them. Some people want you to settle where you are because that’s their comfortable level, too. If you’re that individual that hinders or causes your friend to be tempted by food (when they’re dieting) or alcohol (when they’re trying to quit), then you’re a stumbling block to them. Ladies, have you ever decided to wear an outfit that is more revealing to be seen by a Christian man? Ladies, you’re a stumbling block to him.
“Let us not criticize one another anymore, but rather determine this – not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block or a source of temptation in another believer’s way. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean to anyone who thinks it is unclean. If your brother is being hurt or offended because of food (that you insist on eating), you are no longer walking in love (toward him). Do not let what you eat destroy and spiritually harm one for whom Christ died.”
~ Romans 14:13-15
God, show us how to be a helping hand and not a stumbling block to others. Remind us in the very moment when we feel tempted or when we are tempting others. Remove all obstacles in our path so that we can be successful in our goals. In Jesus Name, amen.