Discouragement is like a common cold. It can easily influence our body (and soul) if precaution is not taken. It is of one those test in life which we face most often. It is said that discouragement is the number one thing that keep Christians from reaching the highest point in their spiritual life. In the same way it is a stumbling block for any goal intended to achieve in life. Discouragement stops progress. No "trial" is easy to deal with. But there are some that are inevitable while others can be controlled by just a simple choice (such is discouragement).
As I faced discouragement in my own life, it never occurred to me the first time, nor the second, nor the third time that I don't have to feel this way. I can choose to not to be discouraged or choose to feel discouraged. After all, an offensive statement, a belittlement from your teacher, thoughts that oppose your view, or some bad news, do not in any way determine 'who I am' or who you are or even where you going, unless you let it. We should be careful of who or what we allow to drive us, push us, control or change us.
The 3D syndrome attack
Here is why it is called the 3D syndrome. In times of discouragement we are often distracted by the source of discouragement. Therefore, instead of disconnecting from discouragement you connect with it and eventually you won't be able to see or think clearly. The worst point of discouragement is distortion. Not just of your thoughts, but your heart disconnects with God who is the source of your strength and who can and will inspire you to move forward. You will start loosing faith in God the moment you decide to dance with discouragement. Most often discouragement rise from our awareness that we are unable to overcome a difficult situation. If you already know that there isn't anything that can do about it, then let your let faith deepen in God whom you love, by whom we are called for His purpose, to go through everything for a good reason (Romans 8:28). "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6). Do not settle in the nest of discouragement! Choose to fly free!
Fighting the Syndrome
Go where you will be encouraged. "Well -where can I go?" Maybe talk to a pastor or a good friend, fellowship with your Christian brothers and sisters. They too might need some encouragement. "Well-how effective will that be?" "I am in need of encouragement. I can't encourage someone else while am being discouraged myself." Well, God never encouraged us to put ourselves first in any case but rather value others more than ourselves. Personally, I have sought to encourage others while I was also in need of encouragement on several occasions. Very often it was surprisingly fulfilling. Sometimes I was encouraged in return. Other times I either forgot about my own discouragement or I was encourage through a different means. So it a worth a shot. Be an encouragement!
What about reading God's Word and a time of prayer? This is perfect time to renew your self in God. "But I'm discouraged and you're telling me in the time of my discouragement I should go fishing for encouragement? How will that ever work?" Well , yes isn't that what you need? "Don't ever be afraid or discouraged. Be brave and strong" (Isaiah 10:25- CEV). Speak to your own heart, words that are positive and reassuring. Each of us may be encouraged more strongly in one way than another. You may be encouraged even through music; so relax take some time out and turn up the the music. Of course, choose appropriate encouraging, inspirational songs. Or read a book, occupy your mind on things will affect the stability of your mind. If none of the above works then may be try encouraging yourself. You can be the most powerful influence to yourself since we live by choice and not by chance. Don't sit and wait to be encouraged, while someone else near pr far from you is being torn apart by a greater disaster or tragedy. One thing that I have learned through my trials is that there is always someone in a worst situation than I am in...so what's the worst scenario that could happen to me?
It's a test of your faith, So, stand strong!
Bad things will happen but I serve a God who makes the crooked paths straight. One who turns my mourning into dancing. One who gives joy where there is sorrow and restores peace where there is unrest, and gives strength and hope to the weary. I have also learned that gratefulness can boost the soul to joyfulness. Yes, sometimes all I could do is just thank the LORD for everything that I have been through, the good, the bad and the ugly; for everything I will go through and for the difficult time that I am now facing. "How is that possible," you may ask. I do this by choice because I do not want to feel this way, so I break my way through it by persevering that I will get out and move forward. No, I won't allow the devil to keep me from progressing. I won't allow Him to still my joy because the joy that I have the world didn't give it to me; this breath of life that I breathe he didn't give it to me ...all that I have and that I am is by the grace and mercy of a loving God. And I am confident that God didn't bring me into this world to make me miserable, but the hard times I face is only to build me up and not to bring me down...to prosper me and not to harm. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
It isn't God's intention for us to sink beneath our problems and live a discouraged life. No! It's all a test of faith. It's like God saying, "It is your motivation!" It comes back to your attitude towards discouragement or any situation. Hence, discouragement can be taken two ways...use it as a pill for de-motivation or you can take it as a boost for progress.
Posted by Tamra Brathwaite August, 2014 @Living To Reach ACME