How can I tell the difference between a stumbling block that I need to overcome and a warning sign that I need to turn around?

It is not always easy! And sometimes things can be a bit of both. Stumbling blocks are important to our growth and to our discipleship. They challenge us to see God more clearly and often in people and places where it is hard to see Him. Unheeded warnings can also be great teachers, albeit sometimes painful ones. The first thing we need to do is stop. Both stumbling blocks and warnings can be ignored, at least initially. When we stop and let them get our attention we can get more clear about our response. This is where our faith practices – meditation,worship,and prayer- can be helpful to slow us down. A check in with a spiritual friend, pastor or vicar can help too!