Sometimes I get discouraged. It just happens. Things can seem to be very normal, when all of a sudden it hits. Discouragement.....without warning. It wraps its arms around me.... gets a tight grip and squeezes....firmly. It holds me captive. My emotions start to swirl. I go from downheartedness to the depths of dismay.....and back again. I feel down. I want to give up.....give in. I see life through the dark glasses of gloom and despair. The dark nights get long.....and longer, like the dawn will never come. BUT.......the dawn DOES come. And the miracle of LIGHT makes the darkness disappear. In the middle of the word disCOURAGEment is the word COURAGE. COURAGE is the LIGHT that makes the darkness of discouragement disappear. It takes COURAGE to CHOOSE to fight discouragement. But COURAGE is what wins battles. COURAGE defeats Goliath. COURAGE is having the strength to go on. It’’s a decision to fight. It leads to triumph. Within me, within each of us, lies COURAGE. It’s a powerful TOOL to fight discouragement. And if we want VICTORY and WELL-BEING, we’ll use it.