Encouragement is an interesting word to break apart. ‘En’ as a prefix usually gives the root more emphasis, ‘ment’ as the suffix gives action to the word, and the root of this one is courage. My definition of the word courage is doing something I know I can’t do alone, requiring dependence on God and on others for the event or moment. So how does that work out in my life? Glad you asked 🙂
When I am overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 David knew the solution to those times he had more on his plate than he could handle himself. In other words…Let go and let God!
If discouragement is plaguing you try to identify the root of it. Is it about wants, needs, haves, have-nots… Is it about yourself, others, the world… Can you do anything about it? Does it require a change of behavior or attitude?
Pray about it! God will lead you to the answer and the solution. He does not want His children to be fearful or discouraged. I find it interesting that the command ‘Do not fear’ is found 365 times in the Word. One for every day of the year.
“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely on God.”
(2 Corinthians 1:9, NLT)