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If you know me, then you will know that I am not a better leader than you, but am writing in the hope that I might be an encouragement to you. 

If you don’t know me personally but got passed this by someone else, let me assure you, I am not a better leader than you, but am writing in the hope that I might encourage you…you can do the same for me one day if you haven’t already. 

I’VE HAD ENOUGH!
There is a wide-spread sickness being passed around which I think is lethal and is definitely at pandemic levels in its rate of transmission and scope of destruction. 
Its non-scientific name is ‘comparison’.
We were suffering from it as church leaders before the world got turned upside-down, but Covid-19 seems to have accelerated its symptoms and deepened the pain which it causes. 
I have had WAY too many conversations with church friends this month who have admitted to extreme fatigue, disillusion, burn-out and bitterness (some of them named those things, others had other words for it)
Let me tell you two things which you already know. 
  1. You are doing better than you think you are
  2. The church or leader you are comparing yourself to is doing worse than you think they are! 
So. Don’t. Look. At. The. Numbers. 
The numbers don’t matter and they will never bring you joy. There is not a number in the world which would make you satisfied or content. Numbers don’t do that.
Don’t measure how many views or likes or interactions you get this weekend, and don’t take a sneak peak at the numbers of anyone else. ESPECIALLY someone who has a whole staff member to run the insta-feed. 
Rejoice with the church who announces how many online baptisms they managed to do and who draw graphs illustrating the number of people responding to a virtual altar-call on Sunday…but don’t compare yourself to them! 
Don’t feel bad that you have not produced a global YouTube smash-hit from your living room or gone live with a prayer meeting every evening in your skinny jeans. 
We need each other!
Which means we need the big girls and boys to do what they can do so brilliantly, but that we also need me and you to do what we can also do with equal brilliance, care and grace.
Aim for health, not growth. Love your people and your God and let that be the marker of a job well done. 
Honestly. I’m cheering you on. You’re doing great. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and keep going.  

Big blessings on your head!

Paul