Make Discouragement Our Stepping Stone

Make discouragement our stepping stone though going through discouraging times is inevitable, but to stay discouraged is a choice.  You may also read

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“Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.”- Neal A. Maxwell

I was sitting in front of my workshop desk, holding my brush, trying to capture on a canvas a beautiful face from a photograph. After some brush strokes, I examined the figure on the surface and compared it thoroughly with the one in the photograph then suddenly I stopped. There was something wrong in my painting that makes it dull and no life. Is it the nose? The eyes? The facial expression? I was terribly disappointed but still I decided to continue on blending colors, making different strokes and using various techniques. I looked at my unfinished work with dissatisfaction, I started to sweat, eyebrows crossed. If I could only paint myself on that very moment I would have pinned down a face which is better than any available monster masks to be used to scare a naughty child. I wanted to give up. Could I be able to finish this painting as how it is supposed to be done? Would the finished work be able to satisfy my client? Moments of silence, then a small accusing voice from my left ear was telling me I can’t make it there, I’m not equipped with formal art education, I am just a neophyte, I’m not good. In my mind flashes the images of some awesome paintings of this present time’s great artists that I just saw online, thru social media and other artists sites. Comparing my work to theirs I felt so, so small. On the same day, after visiting some websites I’ve read great articles, great pieces of writings from other bloggers. I wish I could write like them, I wish I could express thoughts through captivating words like theirs, I wish I have big followers like them. Then I began to see my own ineptness and started to feel that I don’t deserve to be here. I cannot make it. I’ve come to the point of quitting, again. I realized that the more I submerge myself into social media sharing, the more I started to realize how many other people have greater abilities than I have, how many have the same dreams as myself but unlike me they’re able to excel in it, they’re able to make names and make money.

Discouraged. ( My recycling craft. A combination of corrugated carton sculpting and watercolor painting.)

Suddenly, I found myself sobbing, discouraged and thorn between finishing the piece I was painting or just stop and give up. But a voice from my right ear says, ” Why are you letting yourself down? Why did you allow discouragement to overrule your creativity? Remember what your website is all about? You put it up to encourage, to inspire and to motivate others especially beginners like you. Do not compare yourself to the experts, do not expect your works to be like theirs, do not despise your abilities. There will always be another artworks or blogs or websites that has more followers or likes than you, but it doesn’t mean that your work is any less valuable. If you lose interest in your work it can be discouraging, but if you keep working at it success will be built.” That voice was like a cold water thrown into the fire that eventually led me to revive my enthusiasm and just took it as one of the learning experiences of my life. Sometimes discouragement might knock us down but if we get up and stand, we can turn discouragement into our stepping stone towards growth that may eventually lead to the fulfillment of our dreams.

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Reality is, we tend to give up most of the time and lose the energy to  continue on what we have started. We may not know that by the time we quit we may be an inch away from our dreams. It is sad when we quit then finally find out that our goal is almost reachable.
I continued working on that art piece and I’d finished the portrait far beyond the way I thought I could. If I gave up, I wouldn’t see the smile on the face of its owner when she saw the finished work.
As a blogger, I don’t lose hope and I believe that opportunities will knock at my door one day, so here I am. I won’t quit as long as I still have this faith in God, believing firmly that He will see me through, in every step, in every way.

One of the most important lessons that I picked up and absorbed in every negative circumstances in my life is how I can build up people out of my brokenness, how I can share them the pain brought by failures so they can avoid taking the wrong path and if I can make a difference in one person’s life then I have accomplished something amazing, for the glory of God. Many people out there are being discouraged, some already gave up and some are still trying to the best of their efforts to continue though discouragement tries to pull them down. They need people who can relate and understands their difficulty. They need people who have gone through the same path but found hope, renew strength and still moving forward no matter what. They may need an encouragement from me who has been discouraged many, many times but still fighting and not quitting. I never know who I may reach, I never know the impact and influence I can make by my determination and endurance. Though discouragement may come sometimes, I won’t let him stay long and rule over my hopes. If God has something to accomplish through me, He will open doors that may lead to success, but the key is to humble myself in His eyes and acknowledge His Lordship in my life. Like me, you can make your discouragements your stepping stones too, by the grace of God.

2Chronicles 15:7 “ But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”    

Thank you for reading. Be blessed!



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