The dictionary defines discouragement as a “feeling of despair in the face of obstacles; or a state of distraught and loss of sense of enthusiasm, drive or courage.”
So, have you ever felt discouraged? Of course you have. Everyone will have their share of discouragement at some point in their lifetimes. However, the approach we take in dealing with our discouragement will distinguish us from others.
I have some suggestions for you. Start by looking outside. Look up. Oak trees abound, and they cause us to look up. That oak tree is pointing to heaven. Then, focus on God, our Creator. He promises that we can do all things in His strength.
But there’s more:
Practice prayer as the first resort, not the last. God is interested in anything that interests you. Talk to Him about your concerns. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, the Encourager and Comforter.
Get enough rest. Fatigue makes cowards of us all. When our bodies and minds are rested, we view circumstances differently.
Refuse to quit. Keep on keeping on! Perseverance produces character, and character, hope. Hope comes in trusting God to see us through. And remember: an oak tree is just a little nut that refused to give up!
If you’re dealing with discouragement, look to God. He’ll give you the strength to knock discouragement on its face.