Dear Logos Family,
Last week I shared some ideas from Pastor Rick Warren about Overcoming Discouragement. Here are a few more thoughts on the topic.
RELAX IN YOUR LIMITATIONS.
We get discouraged when we try to do more than humanly possible. We all need a realistic view of what we can do. Paul describes his own physical weakness in 2 Corinthians 4:7 when he writes: “We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us.” (CEV)
USE YOUR PAIN TO HELP OTHERS.
Studies indicate that humans can handle an enormous amount of suffering if they believe there is a purpose in it. Paul described this from his own life in 2 Corinthians 4:8: “In every way we’re troubled, but we aren’t crushed by our troubles. We’re frustrated, but we don’t give up.” (GW) He then tells us why in verse 15: “All this is for your sake so that, as God’s kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God.”
It’s called redemptive suffering. Sometimes God lets you go through pain so that it will help others. Your greatest ministry will come from your deepest hurt. Keep going because God will use your pain.
TAKE TIME FOR RENEWAL.
Until you figure out how to find regular refreshment, you’ll always be discouraged. No matter what project you’re working on, you won’t see it through without taking time for renewal.
For the third time in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul writes in verse 16 about why he isn’t discouraged, “That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 CWT)
How do you renew yourself daily? Spend time in God’s word and in prayer. It’s like hooking up the jumper cables to get your spirit recharged.
Paul kept his troubles in perspective, and it helped him persevere.
I don’t know what’s discouraging you, but I know God wants to bring you peace. God wants to use your pain to help other people.
Will you let him?
Grace and peace,