Ever felt discouraged and defeated? Perhaps after a failure, a mistake, a disappointment or just downright un-luck? It stinks! Discouragement is a sucky feeling that really brings down your mood, your energy and productivity.
The interesting thing is that discouragement is a feeling and feelings are not really all that reliable.
What do I mean?
Well, it’s like being bored. It’s a feeling. It might be real. It might be perceived. What’s funny is that as soon as something happens to you that you love, the boredom is gone in an instant! For example:
* you get a call from someone you like
* you find out that a movie you’ve been dying to see is on TV
* you get a new book in the mail that you’ve been looking forward to read
… all of a sudden you get a jolt of energy and your ‘boredom’ is completely gone!! See how unreliable a feeling can be?
It’s the same with discouragement.
Discouragement is just a feeling. And feelings, like the ebb and flow of the ocean, come and go. You cannot rely on them. What you can rely on is God’s love for you, His strength in helping you move forward with your mission and His wisdom to tell you what to do next.
Your defeated feeling may have a really good cause and may be very real. But it is your choice whether or not you are going to let the discouragement eat away at you.
What you need to do is just do the next thing. Just take one step and move against your feeling of discouragement. Giving into the feeling will only make it worse!
Persistence is the determination to never, never let your energy be drained by discouragement.