Shaking off the Downcast and Troubled Frame of Mind


Isn’t this true?

We fail and then our emotions nosedive into discouragement and despair.

I know mine do.

I’m particularly impatient and upset with myself when I struggle with the same issues as I did twenty years ago.


But I’ve learned something over the years. Despite how often I fail (and believe me it fluctuates between hourly and minute by minute)…I now realize that the absolute worst thing I can do is to stay stuck.

No matter how badly I feel about my failings…I make it my earnest attempt to get back up and take the next step.

Can I undo the damage I’ve inflicted? Not always.
Can I right every wrong? Nope.

So, I do what I can to make reparations and keep on going.

One little step at a time.

I love how Oswald Chambers describes this so common human emotion of despair and discouragement.

The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this type of despair is the exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience.

Even though the opportunity is lost to us forever…

We let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.

There will be experiences like this in each of our lives. We will have times of despair caused by real events in our lives, and we will be unable to lift ourselves out of them.

But we must get up and do the next thing.

Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. Oswald Chambers

Love this prayer…

Grant me to rest on thy power and faithfulness, and to know that there are two things worth living for: to further thy cause in the world, and to do good to the souls and bodies of men; This is my ministry, my life, my prayer, my end. Grant me grace that I shall not fail. The Valley of Vision


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