many times in ministry (or in life in general) it’s easy to focus on the negative & frustrating issues at hand… and i know why that is – because they’re usually problems under our leadership that need a response from us. but i love what paul says in philippians 3:17-18. i was reading through the chapter this morning and it was one of those things that jumped out at me anew even though it’s a passage i’ve ready many times.
“Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”
it’s almost like paul is challenging us today to start a new running list of the names of people touched by our ministries that are doing well and walking closely with God. to look at those names and read through them periodically. to be encouraged that it’s not all hopeless. that not all reject the claims of Jesus, but that some have embraced them and are living for Him.
sometimes i think if we focused more on the positive things God is doing we’d be more encouraged to press on through the difficult times.