”Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:9-10

There are days I feel like a poster child for a syndrome we often label discouragement.

I often wonder if I have unique DNA wiring that renders me overly susceptible to the discomfort of this emotion. In many ways, discouragement is a strength zapper to perseverance.

This verse from Galatians seems to be gift-wrapped with our name on it. God speaks encouragement to all who will read these words and embrace them. Many times I have felt the weight of discouragement bogging me down. Perceived failure and weariness can seep through my bones like the chill of a dreary, winter morning.

To lose heart, is that hopeless sense of weariness; it is work that seems fruitless, long, hard effort with no end or result in sight. Weariness is a word devoid of energy to keep going, to look on the bright side. Too discouraged to wait another day, we give into the temptation to declare that we have failed and God has let us down.

When discouragement presses down hard, success no longer seems worth the effort. In these moments, fears and condemnations circle with the tenacity of vultures diving for their prey. This is not a pretty thing…at all.

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