How to Encourage Yourself In a Crisis

Got Coronavirus fatigue yet?

At 8 to 9 weeks in, depending on what part of the world you're in, this virus is taking a toll. Not just on the economy, or ministry as a whole, but also on its leaders, mentally and emotionally.

Like anyone else, the one thing ministry leaders have in common is we get discouraged. We also get tired, overwhelmed, and we have to take breaks too. 

These are not issues many leaders are transparent about but should be.

Even Jesus, the one we say we serve, took breaks. How much more should we? As much as possible.

I’ll be the first to admit that a large part of the battle, when it comes to leading in ministry, is overcoming discouragement. 

Now add a crisis to the equation. Woo!

God knows I’ve fought the battle of discouragement many times as a leader, and I fight it now. It’s a battle we’re confronted with from time to time. 

The good news is there is a way to encourage yourself as you lead through any crisis.

This post is part of a growing FREE weekly ministry tip series to help you and your team as you lead through this Coronavirus crisis.

So how do you overcome the tough seasons both in life and in ministry? How can you overcome the battle of discouragement and keep yourself encouraged even in a crisis?

Quick Easy Wins!

Quick easy wins are tasks you do well and excel in. 

When you’re having a tough day and things don't seem to be going well or working in your favor, a quick easy win can turn things around.

When your day is full of more hurdles than breakthroughs, quick easy wins are great for boosting your confidence, increasing your faith, and stimulating ideas.

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, last summer you may have seen the before and after pics of an end table in your story or feed. For me, that table represents an quick easy win on a day that just wasn't going well. (here’s the link)

Some examples of quick easy wins include:
  • Baking a cake 
  • Cleaning a closet or the garage 
  • Mowing the grass
  • Jogging a mile 
  • Bathing the dog
  • Helping or praying for someone
Sometimes you just need to win at something. Something small by which you can measure immediate progress or success. Something that helps build confidence, encourages you, and gets you ready to go back in the ring.

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