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4 Causes and Cures of Discouragement According to Rick Warren

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Rick Warren is the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The church founded in 1980 by Pastor Warren is one of the largest churches and most influential churches in the United States with an average of over 22,055 people attending weekly.

Most people came to know who Warren is by his New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books of the 20th century.

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1 . Fatigue

You might not think of fatigue as being a cause of discouragement, but it can be and often it is. Pastor Rick Warren says when a person is physically or emotionally fatigued, it could cause him to be discouraged.

You might be wondering how that could be. Warren explained that a person's defenses are lowered when he is tired. Things will seem worst than they really are. Warren emphasizes that fatigue happens often when you are in the middle of a major project. If you are tired, you might contemplate whether to push through your fatigue and continue or if you should just give up.

The Cure

The cure for fatigue is an obvious one. It is rest for your body. You might need a short break or a much longer one. If you ever get burned out from working so hard on a project, it does you no good to continue if you are fatigued. Take a break and when you return to it, you will be in a much better position to finish it with ease.

2. Frustration

It happens to a lot of people when things begin to pile up and they appear to be getting no place fast. They feel overwhelmed when they can't manage all that they are facing. They become frustrated when they cannot finish a project on time because of interruptions and unforeseen occurrences. In those cases, frustration turns into discouragement.

The Cure

Discouragement because of frustration can be cured by reorganizing your life because there might be easier ways to get things done. Sometimes a new approach is all that is needed to eliminate frustration and discouragement.

3. Failure

It is normal to become discouraged when things don't go as planned. People you trust to help you might disappoint you by not keeping their part of the bargain. You begin to think you are a failure and begin to pity yourself if your project fails.

The Cure

First of all, realize that if a project fails, you should not label yourself as a failure. You should not define yourself based on the outcome of one failed project.

Remember that God will help you. Simply ask Him to come into the situation with you. He will revive you with new energy to continue. Because you involved Him in your project, the latter part of it is sure to go more smoothly than the part you tried to undertake without His involvement.

4. Fear

Behind discouragement is fear. People fear rejection and criticisms. They fear they won't measure up for doing the task. They fear they will mess up in some way. The list of things people are afraid of is very long.

The Cure

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Warren suggests the cure for discouragement is to resist it. He says discouragement is a choice most people accept. If people feel discouraged, it is because they allow themselves to feel that way.

He added that God didn't create us to be discouraged even though it happens a lot of times. He clarified that by saying God isn't the one responsible for discouragement, but He may allow situations that are challenging. His ultimate goal is always for His glory and for our good.

Nehemiah encouraged the workers who were discoured.

Nehemiah encouraged the workers who were discoured.

Pastor Rick Warren based his four cures for discouragement on the story about Nehemiah who is the central character in the Bible book bearing his name. Nehemiah was in charge of the people rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. When the project was half finished, the workers became discouraged and wanted to give up.

Nehemiah taught the workers how to defeat discouragement, according to Nehemiah 4:19-21 (NIV). Because the workers were revived and no longer discouraged, the wall was finished in just 52 days.

Causes and Cures for Discouragement



Rest for your body


Reorganize your life


Remember God will help you


Resist the discouragement


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 17, 2018:

Dora, I am with you. I, too, can relate to the causes, but I often forget the cures. I am trying to remember them in the future.

CaribTales on May 17, 2018:

I can relate to all these causes of discouragement. So easy to forget the cures. Thanks for the reminder.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 11, 2018:

Priya, yes, Rick Warren does provide some valuable information about the causes and cures of discouragement.

Priya Barua on May 10, 2018:

I do love the article. He provides an excellent roadmap for dealing with discouragement.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 09, 2018:

Mary, I agree with Pastor Rick Warren on the causes of discouragement that he gave. I must admit I never thought fatigue was a cause of discouragement, but after his explanation I understand.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 09, 2018:

I like the causes of discouragement he advanced. It is true that sometimes, it is just fatigue and taking care of ourselves is key to living a much healthier life.

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