I know often times seeing what others are doing around you gives you hope that you too can succeed at your dreams and goals. But what about when you see others around you and it causes you become discouraged, jealous.. envious, what do you do then?
And let’s face it, sometimes our discouragement has nothing to do with others but everything to do with ourselves. We can be our own worse enemy at times.
I’m learning that there is a time and season for everything. I would love to be speaking to nations and traveling the world right now but in order for me to do what God has called me to do, I have to be processed.
I can’t be focused on the process of those around me, I have to be focused on the process God has for me.
So when I start feeling discouraged here’s 3 things I do.
I shut down all social media. Let’s face it, we live in a world where everybody is some big name on social media. Social media has a way of making you feel like you’re not enough and that you’re not doing enough. Shame on social media. Well not really, shame on us for allowing the enemy to whisper lies in our ears.
Just this month, I removed all social media from my phone so that I can learn to be content with what I have and what God is doing in my life. Too much time spent on social media can breed feelings of discontentment which can lead to discouragement.
Removing those apps helps me to regain control over my thoughts and my focus. It help shuts down that competitive and comparison spirit that tries to rise up on the inside of me.
Social media is a good thing don’t get me wrong but too much of it can lead you to believe that you have reasons to be unsatisfied with your own life.
I buy a new book. I love to read. I recommend reading books that uplift your spirit. Books that breed positive feelings and thoughts.
I personally like to read books that can help me deal with whatever I am going through at that time. A devotional is good for times like these because it is intentional time reading and spending time in God’s word.
Here are a few books that I have in my library right now:
As you can see I have a few favorite authors. I even brought the audio books to listen to in my car on the way to and from work. All these books are motivational books not books about fantasies and other characters. I avoid those types of books.
Also I listen to sermons on YouTube as well. I find that Heather Lindsey, Sarah Jakes Roberts and Pastor Steven Furtick gets me the most. They all usually have sermons that are able to pull me out of my slump of feeling discouraged and discontent.
Get a journal. I have tons of journals so normally when I start feeling down and discouraged, I write about it. Journaling is very therapeutic and sometimes it’s easier to write how you feel than say how you feel.
A pen coupled with paper can serve as a powerful life tool
Writing about how you feel can reduce the impact of your feelings- meaning it can keep you from acting on impulses and it can keep you from falling into depression.
Journaling will help you clarify your thoughts and feelings and it can help you resolve problems more effectively. Often times after I finish writing in my journal, I go back and read what I wrote and I gain a better understanding of how I’m feeling. I journal without interruption and I don’t worry about grammar or punctuation I just write as fast as my thoughts come. Whether it makes sense or not.
Don’t like to write. Well you can also use the voice recorder on your iPhone as well. Just turn it on and start talking. It’s the same concept.
Journaling is like an all accepting, non-judgmental friend. It’s just you and the page.
Feeling discouraged is not the will of the Lord for your life. Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. So don’t just settle into your discouragement, fight like hell to remove that dark cloud from over you so you can experience all God has for your life.
Praying for you!