Choose to rise up

'God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.' 2 Corinthians 7:6 NIV

When we make mistakes, or something goes wrong, or we feel discouraged, we have two choices: we can stay down, dwelling in our failure or disappointment, or we can get up and try again.

Rising up is usually easier said than done. Often the first step in rising up is finding somebody to uplift us. The people we spend time with will either lift us up or pull us down. When we surround ourselves with people who are encouraging and positive, it's hard not to be encouraged. Paul wrote, 'God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus' (2 Corinthians 7:6 NIV). We all need a Titus in our lives, someone to encourage us to keep going when we're struggling. And we should aim to be a Titus to others too. When we see someone struggling, we should be quick to help, encourage and build them up. The Bible says, 'Carry each other's burdens' (Galatians 6:2 NIV).

When rising up, we also need to have the right perspective. When we become focused on our problems, it's easy to be drawn into a downward spiral and become more negative. But when we remember that God promises to be with us, to work with us, and to use everything we go through for good (see Romans 8:28) then we can rise up in positivity.

So what now? If you're feeling down or discouraged today, help yourself! Claim God's promises, spend time with a positive friend, listen to your favourite music or go for a walk. Choose to rise up!

Soulfood: Josh 8:30-35, Josh 9, Josh 10:1-43, John 14:26 - 15:4, Ps 146, Pro 28:9-12

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