Posted by: Joe Palmer | October 28, 2009



By Joe Palmer

We have all been discouraged. Have you ever really considered how discouragement works? Discouragement is a contagious disease. You seldom have it alone. You often catch it from someone else and in turn pass it on to others.

For example: Bob is discouraged because people aren’t involved in a particular project. The ministry leader, Tom calls a meeting and is hoping to encourage people to stay active. However, Bob doesn’t attend because he has noted that others aren’t involved. After the meeting Tom goes home and tells his wife, Mary how discouraged he is. He says, “I couldn’t even get the people I thought I could depend on to the meeting.” You see, not only did Bob not come but he has spoken to some of his friends about his discouragement. A couple of them decided not to go to the meeting too.

Now Tom has been infected with discouragement. Tom’s wife, Mary is also infected because Tom is. She discouraged that the people at the church just don’t seem to care enough to even support a good leader like her husband. She begins to think about how the ministry she is involved in has been dwindling. She says to her husband, “Honey maybe we need to take a break from leading these ministries. After all, we can’t seem to get people involved. Maybe someone else can.” They agree to step down, and send a letter to the elders.

The Elders are heartsick to get the news. They had two leadership position that needed filled and had hoped to fill them soon. Now the number is four. The elders are infected because they feel overwhelmed. All the while Satan sits in the corner and snickers. “My plan is working he says. Discouragement is my greatest ally.
While this entire story is fictitious, the reality of it is not. I have seen it hundreds of time in my ministry. I battle it every day in my own life and urge others to battle it also. What is the answer?

LOOK TO CHRIST – For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:3

BUILD UP OTHERS – Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Romans 14:19

NEVER STOP SERVING – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9

Joe Palmer
Niceville Florida


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