“I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart.”
Psalms 34:2 (NLT)
We all have choices to make. We have all had times when we have come up against seemingly helpless situations. It is what we do with that helplessness that counts. Dr. Martin Seligman coined the phrase “Learned helplessness” when he was referring to one of the major reasons for depression. He said that when we get discouraged over and over again, we start to “learn” to feel helpless. We give up hope. Thankfully, David gives us another choice. He said that all those who are helpless should “take heart”. This means to take pause and check deep within yourself and find hope. Find that mustard seed of faith in God and believe that He cares and will see you through. Interestingly enough, later in his life Seligman did more research and coined the phrase, “Learned optimism.” He concluded that if we can learn to be helpless, we can learn to be optimistic. Perhaps he read the Psalms. The truth is we have a choice. Today, when things seem to be overwhelming, if you find yourself getting discouraged, take heart, trust in God and have faith. He will see you through.
Father, help me today to trust You. Help me overcome any discouragement by taking heart and putting my hope in You.
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