Actions speak MUCH LOUDER than words ever could.
It is understandable that there are infinitely many reasons why someone would be discouraged, but we see that the following are very crucial when it comes to choices that people make: self-worth and peer pressure.
Let’s paint a picture to set the scene for explaining the first reason. In Exodus 4, out in a field, you find Moses tending to the flock of sheep for the village, and he sees the Burning Bush where God calls him to speak to the Pharaoh. Moses knows that he definitely cannot do what God commands him because of his “slowness of tongue.” Rather than accepting the excuse, God tells him to go and sends Aaron with him.
We all feel like Moses at least once in our lives. We beg the question, “Why, God, do you give me this task? I can’t make it. I won’t succeed.” The discouragement sets in: why do we bother going through with doing tasks if we have strong feelings set in our minds and hearts that we are going to fail? We don’t. The problem is that we have no need to fear about the outcome of any situation because God will always provide a solution for our troubles. Knowing that God is there to pick up what we humanly cannot is a wonderful truth.
When it comes to acting out our faith, it shouldn’t matter what other people think of our choices because it is a relationship between us and Christ. What if you feel like your talents could be used to glorify God in a certain way, but you are discouraged through the people in your life? The normal reaction would be to give up the idea and move on because of the criticism that could be received, but God says to “not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Serving God is not an easy task. Jesus said in Matthew 10:22 that hatred and persecution are absolute, but it should not be a discouragement when it comes to serving the Lord as stewards in His name. He reassures us through His word that no matter what others think, we still have Him to lean on.
Before we were conceived, God had our good works prepared for us to do. As Christians, we ought to show the world that we are God’s walking temples through the gifts He has given us. Whatever passions you have, “do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17)! J