How To Handle Discouragement

  How to press on when you feel like quitting.


       My mind is the weakest in the middle of the night. Usually when I’m half asleep, I worry the most. I hear words of discouragement tumbling around in my head. My friend calls this “mind mumbling.” It goes something like this: What are you doing? Who do you think you are trying to become, do, XYZ? You should just quit. Things are never going to work out.

        One way I silence these thoughts is to remember . . .

             God chooses people the world would reject.

      He used the weak, fearful, uneducated, timid, poor and powerless. Scripture is full of these examples.   Timid Moses leads a nation out of captivity.  A powerless slave, Joseph, becomes second in command. Uneducated disciples courageously spread the new of Jesus. Fearful Peter becomes a leader, author, and martyr. A poor boy feeds hundreds and a quiet teenage girl becomes the mother of God.

       We see these people as saints and giants of the faith because of what they accomplished, but they were just like us, . . . afraid, insecure, poor, and weak. I’m so glad God showed us the imperfect side of these folks when their stories were etched on parchment. He used them in spite of their weaknesses, which means he can also use you or me.

       When I am feeling less than capable, I remember that

my weaknesses are okay with God.    

      If I thought I could do it all on my own, I wouldn’t need God. Even the Apostle Paul, who had a pedigree that would give him self-confidence (Philippians 3:4-7), said he boasted about his weakness, because it was then that the power of God rested upon him. (2 Cor. 12:10).

         The key is to acknowledge those fears and weaknesses and bring them to God in prayer.   My Heavenly Father wants me to pray before, during, and after whatever I am facing instead of letting circumstances overwhelm me.

       Before, because he knows my insecurities and lack of wisdom. I need his help and he offers it, if I will just ask. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all . . . James 1:5.

       He also wants me to pray during my activities. He knows I may hit roadblocks, frustrations or doubts and he can give me the strength to push through, give me a new path or idea and encourage me not to give up. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5.

       Lastly, I pray after the goal or task is reached. I celebrate with joy and thankfulness because God was faithful to help me and give me strength. We did it together and it is more beautiful than I could have done alone.

       The next time you feel overwhelmed or incapable, remember God chooses to use the people the world would reject. Bring those thoughts and feelings to God in prayer. Let your weaknesses be the catalyst to draw you to God. Satan wants you to be ashamed of your weaknesses and feel like a failure, but they can be your greatest asset, if you bring them to him.

        Thank you, Lord, for not leaving me to do this life alone.

             You know all about my weaknesses and they don’t bother you.

       When I feel afraid, insecure, powerless, uneducated or poor,

            help me to remember that I am the type of person You choose.

       Remind me when I feel like quitting that you work you’ve given me

            will be accomplished by your Spirit, not by my power or strength.

       May I be at peace and rest in my weaknesses knowing You are strong

             enough for both of us.  Amen.



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