Are you struggling with discouragement today after a really hard day yesterday? Or maybe even a hard week, hard month, hard year, or hard life? If so, I want to encourage you to give yourself a new start today.
Yesterday was a really hard day for me. My husband had to travel for work, so I was by myself with our baby all day and well into the evening. He has been having some medical issues again in the last few weeks, and his symptoms were REALLY bad yesterday. To top it off, he’s going through a mental leap (a predictable growth spurt for the brain), and babies are extra-clingy and fussy during leaps.
It was a hard day.
In the morning, I cried for hours. In the afternoon, I cried some more.
But you know what? Today’s another day, and I have two choices. I could:
- Sit around and sozzle today in yesterday’s failures, of which there were many.
- Or, I could make the choice to get up and start over.
My flesh would love to sozzle in failure. But, that would take me down fast into self-pity–and self-pity is one of the most dangerous places you can ever go. I have learned that from experience. Self-pity can take you into discouragement, then depression, hopelessness, despair, and even suicidal thoughts fast.
Don’t wanna go there.
So I am making the other choice.
I am choosing to go with the flow, pick myself up, and start again today.
I don’t have to be a superhero. I would love to get a lot of work done today and reach a ton of goals and objectives. That’s just who I am; I love to accomplish things. I love progress.
But that might not happen today, and it’s okay if it doesn’t. The important thing is that I get up and try.
The mere act of trying overcomes the devil. Refusing to give up the fight overcomes the devil. Perseverance overcomes.
So I got up today. I took care of the baby and prayed in the Spirit. I’m taking care of business, albeit slowly. It’s hard, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am choosing to get up another day and let myself have a new start.
Have you been discouraged and down in the dumps lately?
You aren’t alone. Probably most of the people you see and encounter on a daily basis are struggling with discouragement. But you know what? You can win if you will just get up and try again.
Get up and try again. That’s it.
You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to become a superhero when you try again. Superheroism is for the birds. I simply recommend that you get up and do one thing.
Give yourself a new start by doing one thing.
That one thing will energize you.
Yes, you can and should pat yourself on the back for doing one thing. Just one.
- Did you take a shower and put some clothes on other than your nightgown? Applause!
- Did you put your dishes in the dishwasher? Applause again!
- Did you do just one thing toward your dream? Yay! Clapping!
- Did you make it to work today instead of calling in for a mental health day? Applause, applause!
Getting up and doing one thing is powerful.
Doing one thing will help you shake off the discouragement and failures of yesterday. Doing one thing will help you see something positive. Doing one thing turns on your “chooser,” and your success at one thing–no matter how simple that thing is–might even inspire you to do one more thing.
Today is a new day. God’s mercies are new every day for you. He isn’t the Great I Was; He’s the Great I Am, and He’s with you right now, today, to help you if you’ll let Him.
No matter how hard yesterday was, make the choice to get up and do one thing.
Make the choice. Let yourself have a new day. Let yourself start over.
Just get up, and start again.
Are you willing to give yourself a new start today? Leave a comment below!