Yep, discouragement lurks. But so does encouragement. We've got to watch out or good things are liable to take place right where we are walking; right where we are serving.
The good thing about us is that while we can find several reasons to like right now one of the strongest is the hope we possess. We can choose to be a very hopeful people.
Note I said we can choose. Hope isn't forced upon anyone. It is a choice. Worry--to accept it as a friend or reject it as an enemy--is a total choice. Gratitude---is a total choice. Hope is a choice. We choose to hope and this is a very good thing about us. We are professional lemonade makers!
God took the hardest thing in life....the grave....and caused it to break out as a launching pad into life. What could be more encouraging? Even death falls prey to the roaring lion of possibility! What could be more encouraging? What would cause us to lose heart? Persecution? Rejection? Death?
None of the above for God has that great implant of seed hope just itching to show its stuff. You can count on Him. He really gets into this resurrection mode. If nothing shuts God down, why should we think it would us? He is on our side, isn't He?