– by Tim Savage –
Don’t Lose Heart
I am aware that there are many Christians who live with perpetual disappointment and become discouraged because they don’t tap into the fullness of what is offered by God. Oftentimes I am that person. Why? I think it’s very evident. I take my eyes off who I am in Christ and I focus myself on the discouragements.
I think one of the most amazing things the Apostle Paul ever said was, “I do not lose heart.” He said it twice in the space of about ten verses in 2 Corinthians. Here’s this apostle who’s getting beaten up one side of the empire and down the other, who can write up a catalog of sufferings that surpasses anything I will ever experience. He’s beaten, he’s whipped, he’s frequently in danger, he’s hungry and thirsty, experiencing sleepless nights, and on and on it goes. If there’s anybody in history who ought to have been despondent, it should have been the apostle Paul and yet he says, “I do not lose heart.”