So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10: 35-36 (NIV)
I love this verse! I think it’s because I get discouraged very easily and need constant reminding to keep “my chin up”. We’re not going to succeed in everything we try and we may even mess up on things we’ve succeeded in before. We’re not perfect and need to allow that reality to soak into our brains. We are to do our best for God and when we fall we need to get back up and keep trying without mentally beating ourselves up for falling in the first place. I like to read the In Touch magazine with Charles Stanley and this month there was a quote in it that I want to always remember. I hope you find it as enlightening as I do.
“Living in discouragement will divide the mind, making it hard to focus on anything besides our pain.”
No wonder I can’t focus! My mind is divided. Lord, help me to focus more on you and less on me. Amen.