When you feel discouraged practice Thankfulness!
Out of all the things I have learned from Brother Jim this one has helped me the most. I am not a person who gets discouraged often, but I think because of that when I do get discouraged I have often found myself having a hard time getting out of it.
Children’s ministry like most other ministries can bring discouragement but having the tools to deal with that discouragement makes all the difference. Knowing that prolonged periods of discouragement lead to discontentment and ultimately disconnectedness the sooner you act the better. When I now experience feelings of discouragement I do what David did when his men threatened to kill him. I encourage myself in the Lord. I think of all the thinks God had done in and through my life. It is so easy to forget what God has done many time because it’s a process of a few years you don’t see the drastic change that God has done.
How do you practically practice thankfulness?
1. Think of what God has done in your family and Thank Him
2. Think of what the ministry you serve in was like before you came and Thank Him
3. Think about the opportunities personally and professionally God has given you and Thank Him
4. Rehearse how God has demonstrated his love to you and Thank Him.
What do you do when you feel discouraged?
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2 comments On What I learned from Jim Wideman Pt.3
Great article, Sam. Whenever I am discouraged I begin thinking of all the obvious things for which I should be thankful. Before long I am seeing things to be thankful for that I may not have otherwise seen or been thankful. The Holy Spirit can really open my eyes whenever I allow HIm! 🙂