Discouragement is a sneaky side effect of a trial. It doesn’t sound serious, seeming like it could be cured with “Turn your frown upside down!” and maybe dinner out. Merriam Webster defines discourage as “to make less determined, hopeful, or confident.” The weariness of living in discouragement during a trial can make it hard to do what you have been called to do.
Romans 1:11-12 ESV says, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” We aren’t meant to be islands, plugging away on our own. God wants us to be connected to one another, encouraging each other in our faith.
And a word to my fellow introverts: It can be easy enough to be on our own. But our thoughts aren’t always the most encouraging, right? Just talking about a trial with a trusted friend can relieve some of that discouragement. And we have the opportunity to encourage others. I speak from experience – don’t overthink it! Just reach out.
Lord, We are thankful that You give us Your Word and also each other. We pray that we would be good encouragers to others and that we would be encouraged. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.