Monday, February 6, 2012
The Dangers of Discouragement
The dance with discouragement put me on thin ice. The more I entertained those thoughts, the more I spiraled down emotionally. What was the result?
1) I got into a negative way of viewing past and present events.
2) My decision-making ability went askew. I felt pressed to make quick decisions without giving them prayer or careful consideration. Full-blown panic mode entered the picture.
3) Quitting seemed like it would be a welcome relief from pressure. Guess what? We're going to have stressful situations in life whether it's writing or something else.
4) My problems became bigger in my eyes than God. Writing that sentence made me shudder. How I must have grieved His heart.
5) All of the blessings dimmed, and I lost sight of how far I'd come on this writing journey.
I'd like to make all sorts of excuses, but the bottom line is I agreed with the temptation of discouragement. Next week, we'll see how God graciously pulled me out of this latest scrape. Yes, as Joyce Meyer often says, "The battlefield is in the mind."
Do you see any other dangers to dancing with thoughts contrary to God's Word?