DEALING WITH DISCOURAGMENT

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

We all deal with discouragement at times, even as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Sometimes life just seems to get the best of us and we feel overwhelmed with our circumstances.

With football season once again upon us I was reminded of a quote from Paul Dietzel, former head coach of LSU. He said, “You learn  more character on the 2 yard line than anywhere else in life.”

He’s right. Depending on which side of the ball you’re on, the 2 yard line means you’re right on the edge of success or failure. That’s when it’s time to dig in, to make a final surge for the score or a last minute stand against defeat.

In ministry, as well as in life, you often find yourself on the 2 yard line — just this side of success, or just that side of defeat. And often it’s a combination of the two. That’s because life, unlike football, makes it possible to be both places at once.

Consider the challenges you’re facing today. What does victory demand you do? Push harder here? Stand tougher there? Either way, it’s time to dig in. Time to persevere, to persist in doing good one more day, making one more effort to accomplish that to which we have been called.

Let us not become weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:10

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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