Celebrate The Progress In Preaching
Like everyone else, I can easily fall into the trap of seeing what I have not done right. This can be problematic over the long haul. If you never look at what you are doing right you might do one of a few things.
1) You might never realize that progress is being made in your preaching.
2) You miss out on the easiest way to improve your preaching, namely, build on your strengths.
3) You might miss out on some encouragement that you need. Some of us cannot even hear a member telling us of how important a message was because we are too busy critiquing what could be done better.
In short, if you only look at the things you do wrong in preaching you are only getting a piece of the picture. So look at your sermons. What parts are you doing well. Which parts are you exceeding expectations in? What parts of your theological understanding are moving forward in great ways?
It is a tough job, but you are doing something correctly. Always take time to celebrate that. It is true that God is not through with you yet…It is also true that God ain’t just started on you either. Praise God for the progress.