To be discouraged is to be disheartened. The dictionary describes discouragement as being deprived of courage, hope, or confidence. It may be caused by many variables and show up in multiple forms including disapproval, rejection, and intimidation. It may come by outside forces pressing in, or be the result of an inward turmoil of perception and feelings.
A common characteristic of a person struggling with discouragement is the feeling of not being unable to move forward. For instance, if the person works diligently on a project and their efforts go unrecognized or are criticized they might feel a lack of energy or motivation to continue on. When this takes place, the person’s expectations become disappointed, and their motivation becomes deflated. If this happens repeatedly, they may experience a sense of failure. This can apply to any arena in life.
What most people don’t realize is that discouragement is one of the biggest strategies Satan uses to immobilize a Christian’s contribution in life. It is his way of not only stealing what could be their best efforts in present times, but ultimately their future as well. Hence, a person who struggles with discouragement often settles for less because doubting and nagging feelings plague them and they wonder–what’s the use?
One of the major downfalls of this struggle is that a person is kept from reaching their full potential. Life, and the opportunities it brings, can subsequently pass them by. If you recognize some of these traits in your own life–please join us in gaining better understanding of why discouragement takes hold and how we can overcome. Faith-Based-Emotional-Sobriety
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