Be Encouraged :: By Bill Wilson

First and foremost, don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 and 14, “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.”

You are so very talented in the gifts the Lord has given you. You are a breath of fresh air to those around you, and an inspiration to folks you don’t even know. The events of the world can be overwhelming if you focus on them instead of the Lord.

You are a fellow change agent in the culture we are trying to change. As Winston Churchill said, “Never give in—never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

The issues we are facing as a nation, and perhaps personally, are tough to deal with, but if we can control what we can control and remain focused, we can make an impact. We can be the very best that we can be, which will challenge others to raise their own standards to keep up.

Stay encouraged. Turn discouragement into determination, and determination into domination. That’s how we have to roll.  We’re not going to let anybody get the best of us. We are stronger together and when we stand in solidarity together, we win together. Let’s not allow distractions to hinder the purpose and focus of our mission. We don’t need to allow ourselves to become angry or offended, but use these affronts to educate on our position.

We have a great future in Christ Jesus, and we can play a significant role in making life better for all. Don’t allow yourself to walk away or to be discouraged or be influenced by someone else’s envy. You are a child of the living God, full of life and energy-he has provided all the skill sets you need to be successful in this environment.

As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

When we look around at the condition of the world, the nature of people who live with hate in their hearts, but recognize righteousness as hate, we must understand that we don’t have to fear because we have the answer to their hurts.

Believe me, I understand what you are enduring. We talk about it a lot here in our house. The darkness of the unrighteous, the insanity of those who have no historic perspective or common sense, seem to be encroaching on everything that is good. They truly are saying that good is evil and evil is good. But we have the promises of God’s Word upon which we can stand. And having done all, we shall stand.

Proverbs 28:18 says, “Whosoever walks in integrity shall be saved: but he that is crooked in his ways shall fall at once.”

As a man of faith, I know that people generally reap what they sow. Keep sowing that good seed. Do not be deterred by the noise of the unrighteous. Be emboldened by the light of Christ that shines within you.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson