Last week I had the privilege to spend an evening with a class of college students studying for their youth ministry class. They were an incredibly sharp group and had some brilliant questions for me. Perhaps one of the most challenging but important questions asked of me was:
“What have been the biggest roadblocks in ministry?”
If I am honest, my default was to think about difficult situations, difficult people, and lack of resources. If you are like me, it’s not difficult to blame circumstances, people, or resources for a lack of results. But, after a few moments and really considering the question, I felt like I should offer the most helpful answer that I had often overlooked and underestimated for many years…
“Quite honestly, the greatest roadblock I have faced in ministry is… myself.”
Simply put, I believe that the greatest roadblock for many leaders is the inability to see and admit their weaknesses. Whether it be through outward arrogance, or subtle pride that is not willing to ask for help, too many leaders overlook themselves as a roadblock. And here is perhaps the greatest risk we face…
Leaders who are unable to acknowledge their roadblock will eventually lose the following of those who can clearly see it.
Over the years I am learning that I cannot control others or the resources available to me, but I can seek God’s guidance to show me what I need to do to adapt to my circumstances. When I can honestly look at myself in the mirror and face who I am, it is then that I can begin to move forward with God’s grace and help.
What is your weakness? Who around you could lovingly help you to see your roadblock? What steps do you need to take to move beyond your roadblock?