Despondent – feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom. Synonyms include disheartened, downhearted, melancholy or blue (Dictionary.com).
Despondence. A feeling that surely everyone has had several times throughout their lives. A feeling that we all want to avoid but it is inevitable that we cannot.
I have been thoroughly excited and motivated about getting everyone I know and love to come to church. I truly want everyone that is a part of my life, no matter how great or small, to experience the peace, happiness and blessings I have since I have strived to see God’s will for me and act upon what he wants me to do. There are days when I get a great response which makes me fly high and want to keep working hard and branch out further. Those are the days when the ideas come to me in abundance. Those are the days when I am flooded with excitement as I work on the next Sunday School lesson or talk to a parent about their child coming to church, or am hit with ideas over and over again on serving and outreach. Those are the days that I finish one task for the church and look around for more to do. Those are the days when understanding God’s love for me is so bright and vivid. Those are the days that keep me going.
Then….there are those days of that dreaded despondence. Those days when church attendance is low or there are no ‘likes’ or ‘comments’ on my endless facebook posts regarding bible verses, church invitations or pictures of church events. Those days when I am let down once again by close friends who promise me over and over again they will be there by my side during worship services or Christian events but yet they never can seem to put forth the effort. Those days I long for one best friend during my time on Earth that shares my beliefs, passions, excitements, sorrows, interests, etc and is willing to put as much into a friendship as I do. Those days when the paycheck doesn’t go far enough, a child doesn’t make the team, a family member is sick and the sky is covered with grey clouds. You know, those days that make you wonder why you do anything at all. Those days that make you want to give up because your hard work isn’t making any differences anyway. Those days when you just want to stay in bed and not face the world that has let you down so many times. We have all had…..those days.
I will be the first to admit it is hard to look beyond our earthly troubles. My petty problems are really nothing compared to so many others suffering around the world. On those despondent days, I have to continuously remind myself……
Trust in him….
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
When sadness takes over and it feels like I am all alone, I must remember that God is always with me. I am never alone.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121).
When others bring me down…
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
When I feel as though I don’t have the strength to continue…
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
When I don’t know what to do or where to go…
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you say a prayer and POOF! Suddenly the world is all butterflies and rainbows and life becomes easy. I believe it generally means that life is going to be tougher because you learn to understand what God wants for you and you feel convicted time and time again as you learn to recognize even the smallest of sins. Even those in Christ have days of despondency…for anyone who has ‘those days’ Remember…Trust in Him.
Follow this link for an uplifting song by one of my favorite artists and remember to Trust in Him…
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