Hi, Mr. Discouragement, let me show you to the door

Discouragement is a tough thing to deal with. Just when you think something is going well–maybe finally going your way–Discouragement finds a way of stepping in.

“Hi, remember me? I’m Discouragement. I’m here to make you bemoan your troubles, to doubt yourself, to generally make you not like yourself.”

I recently experienced discouragement…again. It’s not fun to deal with. If I’m not careful it will sap all my strength and energy.

What to do?

There’s a remedy. New Yorkers have a colloquialism:


I can only control what I can control. Find out what is the cause of the discouragement. If I can fix it, then fix it. If I can’t, then don’t sweat it. Stuff happens. If I can’t control it, don’t let it control me.

Discouragement will always try to diminish me. Conversely, it can also point to areas I can maybe grow and develop. Use it to my advantage.

Thank you, Discouragement, for giving me this opportunity to better myself.


4 thoughts on “Hi, Mr. Discouragement, let me show you to the door

  1. Hey, Russ!

    Just read this. Great insight on being discouraged, Russ! We never know WHY God allows us to go through something, but we do know that ALL things work together for good to those who love the Lord and who are the called according to His Purpose.

    Keep on keeping on!

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