Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: A Secret that Cures Discouragement

Are you feeling discouraged, beaten down, overwhelmed, and sad? We all encounter those times.  Some are more prone to melancholy moods than others.  How do you encourage yourself and lift your spirits when you feel down?

I love this tip from American author, Mark Twain, and have found it to be true in my life many times through the years!  

Why does it work so well?  For one thing, it forces you to get your eyes off yourself and onto others and their needs and problems.  Often, when we discover the secret burdens of others, we are glad to have our own set of challenges.

It's also a biblical principle. We reap what we sow. I've discovered that when I've been willing to sow seeds of encouragement into the lives of others, that the Lord has encouraged me!

"A generous person will prosper;  whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."  ~ Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

So, my tip for today is ~ if you are feeling a bit discouraged, look for someone to encourage!!!  

Then come back and leave a comment and tell me how it worked!  :)

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