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 and positive isn’t being a Pollyanna. It’s based in the face 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 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.
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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