“Keep up the good work and don’t get discouraged, for you will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
Each of us in recovery has experienced time of discouragement. When we do we can either nurture our negative feelings or we can choose to confront them and look for solutions to overcome them. Rewards in recovery are a direct action of our commitment to active involvement in God’s purpose for our lives.
Prayer is the key to handling discouragement: It can be difficult to pray in faith when we feel discouraged. But, prayer opens the way for God to work on our problems. Prayer gives us a God perspective on our discouragement and offers us solutions we cannot arrive at by ourselves.
Others can help us to handle discouragement: Discouragement if left unresolved can lead to physical and emotional sickness. It is important for us all to have a ‘trusted other’ who we can turn to and be honest with when we are feeling life is getting too much for us to handle on or own. A good sponsor or accountability partner can help us look objectively at the objects of our discouragement and plan a course forward.
Remember God is able to do great things in discouraging situations: Accomplishing large tasks can be tiring and discouraging. The only cure for fatigue and discouragement is focusing on God’s purpose.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and discouraged with recovery and its processes, remember God has a plan for your life and He will resource you to carry out that plan.
- Take time to pray about your discouragement.
- Find someone you trust and talk to them about your discouragement.
- Consciously chose to give the cause of your discouragement to God and rely on Him to resolve it.
Prayer: Lord today if I get discouraged help me to take time to talk to you about it and realize the source. Then show me the right person to go to talk about it, give them your wisdom to support me through my discouragement. Lastly Lord let me resolve to turn from my frustration and discouragement, focus on your plan for my life and do something to bring me closer to your plan. Amen