“A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Proverbs 18:14
When we feel discouraged and our spirit is down, we become physically weak even though we are strong and healthy. To drive our life forward, we need courage. A person who is courageous is daring and is not afraid of being in an unfavorable position.
Children grow up with the encouragement of parents, teachers and peers. We turn to them for guidance especially when we are in despair, disheartened and need advice. We receive encouragement through three different ways.
Firstly, we can be encouraged by certain individuals who care about our well being. In perspective, as human beings, there can be moments when we may be feeling down and out. That said, just about the right time, apart from God, we could have friends who will come forward to offer us much needed encouragement.
Secondly, we receive encouragement from our own self. Do not look down on our own self but be conscious that we may not have utilized our full potential and there are actually a lot more things we can do. It is just that we have not tried it out or dare ourselves to face the challenge. It is important to think and talk positive and not always lament. Otherwise, before we even begin a task, we have already lost the battle.
Thirdly, our encouragement comes from God. God reminds us, “Do not fear, be courageous, for I am with you.” For those who are weak, God gives this promise, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Today, if you are discouraged, stay positive. In as much as we need encouragement, prepare to offer encouragement to those who need it. For those who give, God will return manifold. God will be with us when we need Him most.