Decompress Daily: The Importance of Keeping a Positive, Thankful Outlook

As pastors, we can’t allow negative, anxious thoughts to overwhelm us — at least not for long. After all, we serve a big, amazing God who is greater than all our troubles.

When we focus on everything that’s wrong around us, we can become defeated. But if we keep our focus on the things that are going right, we might just see the victory ahead.

Staying focused on the positive isn’t being a Pollyanna. It’s based in the fact of who God is and His love for us. If the Creator of the universe is on my side, working out everything for my good, then I know that even the worst frustrations can’t last forever. He may require me to make some changes to resolve an issue. He may ask me to do some things that are uncomfortable in order to make a breakthrough. But I can decompress better when I realize that God is looking out for me.

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And, isn’t this a great testimony for us to give to our church? It increases the faith of those we pastor when they can see that we seek after God even when things look dark. After all, those in our churches are going through some sort of struggles. We can help them get through by keeping our focus on what God is doing in the big picture, not on our present circumstances.

That is the essence of what faith is–trusting God to bring something good out of a bad, frustrating, taxing circumstance. If He really is as trustworthy as we say He is, then we need to look to Him no matter what is going on around us.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from p. 104-105 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

Pastors Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman share their secrets to effective stress management with practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately! God wants you to be a fruitful, faithful minister of the gospel. He wants you, as a Renegade Pastor, to rise above average as you pursue God’s best for you, your family, and your ministry.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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