Feeling Discouraged?

Do you struggle with discouragement?  I do.

The feeling that you’re not making any forward progress.  The temptation to throw in the towel and walk away.

The temptation to not get up time after time after time.

You do have to know when it’s time to walk away.  When it’s time to stop trying.

But when the right thing to do is to keep going, the best antidote I know to discouragement is perspective.

Getting up above the daily grind and seeing the long view again.  Looking at our lives through the lens of eternity.

Each day’s efforts has an impact on eternity.

We will soar like wing as eagles. We will run and not grow weary. We will walk and not faint.

It’s the eagle’s perspective that we need. The 30,000 foot view. Soaring above the daily problems.

Knowing the why is important. Believing that there is a purpose. Believing that God is in control.

It’s impossible to go on without those assurances.

We need to be reminded of them daily.

It takes a renewing of the mind to change our perspective.

We have to change our habits of thought.

That takes time and practice and intention.

Some of it is choosing to believe truth.

Some of it is focusing on the positive instead of the negative.

Some of it is meditating on the love of God for us.

Some of it is focusing on hope instead of despair.

We can’t live without hope.

We have to remind ourselves of truth.

We need to meditate on it.

What we believe and what we tell ourselves all day long makes a huge difference in how we act and what we do.

Figuring out our core beliefs is critical and difficult. Because our hearts are deceitful.

Challenging the lies is an important part of finding perspective.

Aligning ourselves with truth is important and difficult. It takes a step of faith or a leap of faith. Sometimes we have to take God at his word, even when we’re not feeling it.

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