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Friday, February 24, 2017

Think About it

By Pastor B.J. Knefley

Are you discouraged, or do you ever get discouraged? If your answer is no to both of these questions then you are either a highly unusual person, or you are in denial. Discouragement is something that we all feel from time to time. It can relate to any number of factors but discouragement is on the slippery slope to depression.

Discouragement is often related to things not going our way, or the way that we would like them. When we are discouraged we often become pessimistic. All we can see is the forest. We’re lost in our stuff and we can’t see a way out. It’s not a fun place to be; yet it is a place that is familiar. So what is the answer, or is there one?

I have mentioned this principle before but perhaps we need a reminder. The principle is simply the ACT principle. Simply this means to A – accept your current reality. What you are feeling and what you are facing is real. Regardless of the reasons behind where you find yourself, only you can bring a change to the situation. It starts with acceptance. C – relates to identifying what you can change. Remember, you can’t change anyone but yourself. In this stage you need to develop plans that you can specifically do that may possibly change what you are dealing with. This may mean enlisting the help of someone else, letting something go, or finding another method instead of the one you are now using. T – relates to taking action. The plans that you have developed will not mean anything if you don’t take action on them. That doesn’t mean that every plan that you devise will work. But it does mean that you will have a greater chance of changing your situation by the actions that you take.

Finally, let’s also remember that disappointments are also times of learning. Not everything is going to go the way you would like them in spite of what you might think. God has a bigger plan for your life than what is happening in the moment. Your disappointments may relate to God saying NO because He has something different in mind for you. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Our disappointments are God's appointments !!!!!!