Discouragement comes so quickly to me. Looking at the sad state of world affairs makes me wonder, “Is there any hope?” Staring daily at the pile on my desk representing important tasks can also cause me to wonder, “Is there any hope for completion?” And that does not take into account my own personal issues. Oh my! What I see does not look pretty. Is it any wonder that I lose heart?
The Apostle Paul admonished the church at Corinth on this very issue of losing heart, saying:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)
I lose heart when I dwell on what I see rather than on what God promises. “Don’t lose heart” are great words for me today. I hope they are for you as well.