Discouragement is unique to human beings, and it’s universal.
Eventually everyone feels it, including those in ministry. I have no doubt you’ve experienced discouragement at times. You might even be discouraged as you read this article.
Do you know how often I have wanted to quit being pastor of Saddleback Church? Every Monday morning!
So here’s what I’ve learned about battling discouragement:
4 Causes of Discouragement
#1 Cause – Fatigue
When you’re physically or emotionally exhausted, you’re a prime candidate to be infected with discouragement. Your defenses are lowered and things can seem bleaker than they really are. This often occurs when you’re halfway through a major project and you get tired.
#2 Cause – Frustration
When unfinished tasks pile up, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. And when trivial matters or the unexpected interrupt you and prevent you from accomplishing what you really need to do, your frustration can easily produce discouragement.
#3 Cause – Failure
Sometimes your best laid plans fall apart, the project collapses, the deal falls through, no one shows up to the event. How do you react? Do you give in to self-pity? Do you blame others? As one man said, “Just when I think I can make…Continue Reading