Monday Motivation: Got the Blues? Three Discouragement Hacks
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.” Psalm 107:1-3
When I am discouraged, it helps me to remember three things:
- Remember God’s goodness to me in the past. Make a list 1-100 of all the amazing things that God has done.
The world’s authorities on stress have actually registered that – the attitude of gratitude — conserves more energy in your life than any other attitude that you can have. An attitude of gratitude is a healthy antidote to discouragement. Look for things that you can be thankful for. Remember God’s goodness in the past.
- Remember God’s closeness in the present. I remember that I am not alone. No matter what I go through or what I’m experiencing, “Lo, I am with you always.” I’m not facing any circumstance by myself.
I stop and remember, God’s goodness in the past and God’s closeness in the present.
- Remember God’s power for the future. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If you ask someone how are you doing, the answer: “So far, so good, under the circumstances.” What are you doing under them? Circumstances are like a feather mattress. If you get on top you rest easy. You get under them and you suffocate.
Corrie Ten Boom says: “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. [Just read the newspaper.] If you look within, you’ll be depressed. [You see all your own faults and weaknesses.] But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest
Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, I choose to thank you in the middle of my discouragement. Thank you for helping me to find things to be thankful about. Help me to share with others what you have done. I pray you would help me to share my testimony with others who need to hear. Help me to continue to rehearse and remember the ways you have been faithful in the past. Let me be more faithful to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”