Thanking Your Way Out of Discouragement
As we journey through life we are often surrounded by visitors whose goal is to keep us company throughout the day. Those two visitors are “frustration” and “discouragement.” There have been days when I awoke to hear a knock at my door and guess who’s there? Frustration and his friend Discouragement. So I knew I did not want to entertain them , so I thought about going to God in prayer and pouring out my “poor soul” to Him. However, as I bowed down to pray, I felt an overwhelming desire not to even mention my “needs, hurts and pains.” Instead, I was moved to get on my knees and give thanks, to praise and to worship Him.
I started to thank God. For He is good. I thanked Him for Jesus. I thanked Him for allowing Him to die on the cross for me. I thanked Him for allowing Him to take on all of my sins, past, present and future, when He had committed no sin. I thanked Him for saving me! I thanked Him for His love, His kindness and His patience. I thanked Him for family, for friends, for health and strength. I thanked Him for employment, for a roof over my head, for transportation, for food, for clothes. And the list went on and on…I prayed for others and worshipped Him!
By the time I finished praying, I felt a load had been lifted from me and I hadn’t even mentioned my concerns. I felt liberated from the bondage of being frustrated and discouraged. In II Corinthians 3:17, Paul says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (freedom).”
You don’t have to invite your unwanted visitors in, Frustration and Discouragement! Invite Jesus in who gives us freedom, give Him thanks, and then you can, Keep Going!