It occurs to me that discouragement is many times a matter of perspective. When I gaze intently into my problem seeing no hope, I’m looking the wrong way. Lewis’ well worn adage of aiming at Heaven is helpful here. When I’m discouraged, I’m aiming at my struggle, at earth. I get neither. Disciples point one another to Heaven.
Disciples grow best in clumps. We’re designed for community so don’t sit in your fear and discouragement alone. Text somebody to pray. Share your struggle with your fellow disciples in your regular, vulnerable and honest meeting. Don’t isolate yourself. You probably need a hug and/or a kick in the rear, neither of which are effectively accomplished in isolation. Be in community, reach out for help.
How’s your thankful list coming?