HTH: Keep All Those Notes
I’ve been a youth pastor for over six years now. Early in my ministry, I read a recommendation to keep all of the notes, post-its, and emails of encouragement “just in case” you have a bad day or a discouraging season. From personal experience, I can say that those disheartening days will come. So, expect them and fight them by reminding yourself of both the gospel, and the fruit that God has brought through you and your ministry.
If you can’t remind yourself, then find others who can thank God on your behalf — in the saved notes, post-its, and emails of encouragement — of the gospel that has come to you and is indeed bearing fruit and increasing (Colossians 1:5-6).