Let’s be honest.
We’re not impervious to discouragement.
It doesn’t matter how great things are going or how successful we are, discouragement will come.
What does matter, is how we react and what we do to fight discouragement.
We overcome discouragement by remembering.
When I first went into ministry one of the best pieces of advice I was given was when someone told me, “Remember the day you were called because there will be days you need to.”
At first, I didn’t understand the importance of his advice, but as the years have gone by, I know that it’s one of the most important things for me to do.
There are days, if I can be honest, that I just want to cry, but remembering keeps puts things in perspective. Remembering helps pull me out of the funk.
It doesn’t matter if it’s ministry, parenting, or life in general, the importance of remembering cannot be overstated.
We overcome discouragement by leaning on others.
Look, you may be able to overcome discouragement on your own but there are times when we need to rely on others to help get us through.
In Exodus, there’s the story of the Israelites fighting the Amalekites. As long as Moses, the leader, held his arms up, the Israelites would do better in the battle, but as soon as his arms were lowered, the Amalekites would do better in battle.
So what happened?
Two men held Moses’ arms up for him.
And because of this, the Israelites prevailed.
In the same way, when we are discouraged, we need to find others that are willing to come along side of us and “hold up our arms” and help us get through the tough times.
We do not need to fight our battles alone.
We overcome discouragement by understanding who God is.
We need to understand that when we’re overwhelmed, He is our peace.
We need to understand that when we’re weak, He is our strength.
We need to understand that when we’re hurting, He is our comfort.
We need to understand that when we’re lost, He is our way.
We need to understand that when we’re thirsty, He is our living water.
And we need to understand that when we feel alone, He is our friend.
Understanding who God is can and will change everything.
We overcome discouragement by recognizing that this season will come to pass.
‘It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. How much it expresses, how chastening in the hour of pride, this too shall pass, and how consoling in the depths of affliction, this too shall pass.’ Abraham Lincoln, September 30, 1859
If you are battling discouragement it will pass.
If you are going through a tough time it will pass.
If you are uncertain about your future it will pass.
If you are stressed out it will pass.
If you are in a situation & are having a hard time trusting God it will pass.
It will pass.
Hold onto Jesus, remember, lean on others, understand who God is, and the discouragement will eventually pass.
You will overcome.