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How To Not Lose Heart In The New Year (Or Anytime)

It is Christmastime and we are smack dab in the middle of the Holidays. It is one of my favorite times of the year. Unfortunately, for many, it is not the happiest of times.

Some people get depressed during this season. For others, a new year does not offer hope, but instead brings a whole new set of challenges. Some will set resolutions only to see them disappear all too quickly. For everyone, the new year will bring change. 

Too many will lose hope almost before the new year begins.

How do we combat this? How do we not lose heart?

I came across these verses recently and I believe they give us hope in whatever situation we face.

Therefore do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal , but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

We can easily let our circumstances overwhelm us. These words from Paul should encourage us. Of course, some might say that Paul wouldn’t understand what they are going through. True. He was was only shipwrecked, beaten and jailed for his faith. He didn’t face many of our modern issues.

How did Paul face his problems and not lose heart? He looked at them as temporary. He considered them as light afflictions  that are producing eternal glory. He considered the problems, the seen, as temporal and the things not seen as eternal. In other words, he kept his eyes on the prize.

What do we need to do? Look beyond our present circumstances. Keep out eyes on the goal.

Is this easy? No. Absolutely not. Nothing worth having is.

Is life going to be hard? At some point it will be for all of us? Will we want to quit? Yes, at some point we will.

Paul gives us a way to overcome and push through those times.

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  1. December 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I think keeping my eyes on Jesus allows me to see the temporariness of things and trials here on earth. When I get to looking around, I’m in real trouble.

  2. December 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

    So good! Great post!

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