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  • Michael Harmon: How to overcome discouragement

  • How can we all overcome discouragement?
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  • Life at some time or other will discourage us. In fact, the best of men will become discouraged. The question is not will we become discouraged, but how can we all overcome discouragement?
    Let us consider three things that will help.
    First, we must conquer self-pity. Self-pity is born of self-concern. The tendency is to feel sorry for ourselves. Statements like, "Woe is me," "What's wrong with me?" and "Why me?" are symptoms of a person dwelling on self. Overcoming discouragement is possible when we quit looking at ourselves and start facing reality.
    Second, live a life that is active and fruitful. It's been said, "Three characteristics of joyful people; joyful people seek God, joyful people seek good friends, joyful people seek realistic goals."
    Find a meaningful purpose in your life and pursue it.
    Finally, learn the difference between patience and procrastination. Procrastination is a robber of joy and happiness, while patience is a virtue that is profitable for life.
    The apostle Paul writes, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21).
    Don't let discouragement keep you down.
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com
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