By Dr. James Perkins

Everybody knows how it feels to get down, because we’re human. However, to get down and stay down isn’t wise. I think that all of us have a need to learn more about living life daily with a positive mindset. So I offer you 4 Keys to Stay Encouraged:

K – Keep Good Company. Consider who you spend time with, and think about whether they are mostly positive, uplifting, and encouraging, or negative, critical, and discouraging. You see, those you hang with highly impact your level of encouragement, because “Those closest to you determine your level of success.” So keep good company with encouraging people – those who help “pump you up” and lift your sails to maintain an encouraging life. 

E – Elevate Yourself. In order to stay encouraged, read positive books and listen to encouraging CD’s or MP3’s that focus on boosting your morale. By reading and hearing others teach you their secrets, you can daily get an encouraging “shot in the arm.” When you intentionally grow yourself, you raise the bar on your encouragement level. 

Y – Yearn For Truth. To stay encouraged, yearn for God’s Word, the Book of encouragement. For example, when you feel discouragement coming on, go to the Bible and especially the Psalms. As your read and mediate on it, watch discouragement leave and encouragement rise in you. For instance, King David wrote in Psalm 119: 28: “Encourage me by your word.” Let’s discover what David knew. The Bible has the power to encourage our hearts. So begin your journey of staying encouraged by reading a Psalm every day.

S – Seek Your Savior. If you want to be saved from discouragement, then seek the One who alone can save you from it. Jesus is called Savior, because He rescues the downcast. Jesus is the fullness of encouragement, and those who seek Him find the reassurance, delight, and love He has that can be ours. Knowing and trusting Jesus as Savior is the ultimate key to staying encouraged.

Now stay encouraged by making a habit of these 4 keys. And keep in mind the words of pastor Charles Stanley: “Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.”

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