When You Feel Defeated (Part 1)

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At some point along life’s journey, we all experience the feeling of defeat. It’s one of the worst feelings…ever. Defeat can be humbling, depressing, and just plain frustrating. But if you allow it, defeat can be life-changing in the most positive ways.

In my own recent season of feeling defeated, God did a great work in me. Where it’s easier to bask in the blah-ness, God opened my eyes to something better: His perspective. And I’m learning that where we often see defeat, God sees victory.

Through it all, I challenged myself to 40 days of shifting those feelings of defeat into positive perspectives that reflect God’s goodness. My goal is to use these 40 statements to encourage others who are also experiencing a similar season.

Here are the first 20 days’ statements:

1. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is give up. But the right thing to do is look up.

 2. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is bask in discouragement. But the best thing to do is encourage others.

 3. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is blame somebody for your pain. But the right thing to do is love somebody even harder.

 4. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be jealous. But the right thing to do is hi-five everybody.

 5. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do to bring others down. But the best thing to do is build others up.

 6. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is sob and mope. But the better thing to do is smile and hope.

 7. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be angry with God. But the right thing to do is to exalt Him.

 8. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is question God. But the right thing to do is trust Him all the more.

 9. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is distance yourself from others. But the best thing to do is invite everybody over.

 10. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is binge on something. But the better thing to do is fast from something.

 11. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is surrender to depression. But the best thing to do is embrace happiness.

 12. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is punch somebody. But the best thing to do is hug somebody.

 13. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is judge somebody. But the right thing to do is love everybody.

 14. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is play the victim to everybody. But the best thing to do is be a hero to somebody.

 15. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is criticize someone. But the right thing to do is compliment everyone.

 16. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is break something. But the best thing to do is build something.

 17. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is cry for help. But the right thing to do is lend a hand.

 18. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is yell profanities. But the best thing to do is shout praises.

 19. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is beat yourself up. But the right thing to do is fix yourself up.

 20. When you feel defeated, the easy thing to do is be mean. But the better thing to do is be meaningful.

*Stay tuned for Part 2 of “When You Feel Defeated” in the coming days.

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2 thoughts on “When You Feel Defeated (Part 1)

  1. What a great reflection point. Everyday we are challenged to rise above feelings of defeat on some task we’re involved with. Thanks for helping us see through the defeat, and redirect our thoughts to success and victory through our Creator.

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