It is so easy to become discouraged. We are discouraged by people and the words they speak. We are discouraged by people and the lives they live. We are discouraged by events occurring in the work environment. We are discouraged by our family relationships. It is also easy to be discouraged in preaching the gospel.
We are discouraged by quite a number of things. How can we prevent such discouragement? Well, each person must determine his or her own course of action, but a good place to start is Scripture. For instance, Paul said to the Philippians that they were to think on things that were productive to godly living (Philippians 4:8), and he knew well what he was talking about. In his letter to the Corinthians, he experienced something in his life that discouraged him to the point of thinking that he had no more strength to continue on (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). Paul learned from this, and that which he learned was a stronger trust in the Lord. When he got to another point in his letter to the church, he stated it forthrightly that “we do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:1).
Losing heart is an attitude of mind, and if we refuse to allow our attitude of mind to be overcome by discouragement, do you think we will have some success?