Mondays are typically a day that people dread. How many people do you know that say “Happy Monday!” (well, besides me)? Very few! Well, we want to help you have a positive day, week, month, year, life … So every Monday we have a series called ME: Motivation Encouragement. This is one way we can help you start your Monday off on the right foot! Question: Is there a dinosaur named discouragement in your closet?

Everything around us threatens to remind us that what you are doing isn't working and that you should give up. BUT just because you don't see results right away, doesn't mean you toss in the towel. It means you keep doing the right thing whether or not you'll ever see results. A few things about discouragement.

1) Discouragement is the enemy trying to tell you that living for God isn't worth it

2) Discouragement is the enemy trying to tell you that doing the right thing doesn't matter

3) Other people will try to discourage you because they are jealous of what you are brave enough to attempt

4) Discouragement will usually happen when you aren't feeling good about yourself, the results you are seeking aren't happening or some other variable that you can't control.

The opposite of discouragement is enCOURAGEment. So if you are feeling discouraged, you've got to keep your chin up and look at all you have accomplished. Sometimes it's really helpful to just close your eyes and think back over the last few months or even years. Think of those times when you didn't think you would make it. But look- here you are today. Sure, we each have things that we would like to change, but the fact of the matter is that you made it through.

If we didn't have discouraging times, we wouldn't need courage. Courage is keeping the faith despite everything around us going wrong. Not giving up (or in). Just this week I was feeling discouraged and I was reminded that if even just one person has been helped, I have done good. Sometimes discouragement wants to downplay what we have done. Don't listen to that dinosaur voice!

Do you have a dinosaur in your closet? Feeling discouraged? Facing a long week ahead? Not seeing the progress you long to see? Be of good courage. Kick that dinosaur out of your closet and life. You don't need it. You need to keep moving forward in the positive direction with your life. Here are two favorite verses of mine:

2 Corinthians 7:6a "But God, who encourages those who are discouraged ..."

Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you not forsake you."

Don't lose sight of the hope, courage, and strength that has brought you this far!

peace, sweat, love: life

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