There is one common struggle every pastor seems to face. I’ve seen it in dozens of pastors. I often hear it on Mondays—even after a great Sunday. I’ve been guilty of this one—many times. It was true in church planting and in church revitalization.
And this common struggle, I’m not sure, but it could be a common struggle for every leader, regardless of what they are leading.
We often let a few negatives overshadow many positives.
Things can be going great, but we can get one negative email—and our whole day is ruined.
We can have one season of struggle and we forget all the seasons of triumph—or all the promises for future reward.
We can miss the blessings God is providing all around us by focusing on the distractions of a few critics we may never please—regardless of what we do. We can live in gloom and doom about a present situation, forgetting how God has blessed us and how He has promised to bless us in days to come.
Are you ever guilty of this? Am I alone here?
The Bible is not silent about this struggle. Elijah—who the book of James tells us was a person just like us—fell apart with one threat from Jezebel after he had had tremendous success in ministry (1 Kings 19).
It really is a common struggle. A common temptation to see the negative immediate reality over the bigger picture positives of what God has done and is doing.
I don’t know, this is speculation on my part, but I think this struggle may have existed throughout the Bible with God’s people. For example, consider one of our “go to” favorite verses of encouragement—Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Put it in the context in which it was delivered. Notice vs. 10: