Discouragement—what a word. If you break it down, it’s the opposite of en-couragement and the enemy of courage. Dis-courage. Negative courage. Controlling fear.
Fear is not the enemy. Everyone has moments of fear—even heroes. And courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the will to act in spite of fear. En-couragement is the help we provide to another to act in spite of their fear. Dis-couragement is the anchor we throw to a drowning man (or to ourselves). So….be strong and of a good courage. Be encouraging. And never be discouraging or discouraged.