When we're suffering - no matter the reason - it's easy to slip into a pit of discouragement.
These three things can help us keep or regain perspective, giving us purpose, gratitude, and hope in the midst of our pain:
1. Remember others who are facing challenges and pray for them.
We can actually use painful thoughts as reminders to pray for others, giving us a constructive purpose in our pain. Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:15
2. Remember Christ's suffering and spend some time thanking Him.
Anyone can be grateful when things are going well. Genuine gratitude is learned through difficulty. Psalm 103
3. Remember that life is brief, and eternity is long. One day our suffering and sorrow will end. Completely. Forever.
This is our ultimate hope. Colossians 3:1-4
These three reminders don’t lessen our pain, but they put it into perspective.
They give us light along our path and remind us of the light at the end of our path.
These devotions can also help you deal with difficulties:
Taking Thoughts Captive
The Power of Negative Self-Talk