Isaiah 42:4: He (the Lord’s servant) will not grow faint or be discouraged. . . (on to verse 6) I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you.
Colossians 3:2 (and more): Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. . . Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . . be thankful. . . Let the word of Christ dwell in you.
So when I am discouraged—as I am now—I should go to God’s word for comfort and encouragement. I need to go to His word rather than attaching any value to earthly things or accomplishments. I rest in the peace of knowing that my righteousness, my worth, comes from God, not from anything I have done. There is nothing of value I own, nothing of value I can accomplish that compares to God’s love for me. Without my trinkets, without doing amazing things in this world, I have everything I could ever need because I am a child of God. Can I grasp the significance of that, hold on that ultimate, all-encompassing peace and freedom? I love that the answers are always right there under my fingertips.