Easter Hangover The Day After
There should be a rule that pastors aren’t allowed to use social media the day after Easter Sunday – or ANY Sunday for that matter. Until you’ve walked in these shoes I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but the day after usually resembles a bad hangover. Mondays are hard days for most pastors and I’ve come to realize that Mondays aren’t always the best days for pastors KIDS either.
Sundays take their toll. Monday morning, I’m spent. 100% depleted. Energy drained but already thinking about next Sunday. Have you noticed that Sundays always arrive at the same time every week? There’s NEVER a week without a Sunday. Sometimes it’s that thought alone that makes Mondays sometimes seem so relentless. My kids … they’re spent too. They don’t get to experience ONE kids service … but TWO and now sometimes THREE. They get up earlier than normal and they’re right there with us, all day. And Monday, they’re beat.
These are the heroes.
Yesterday we celebrated Easter Sunday with 700 people over 3 Sunday Morning Worship Experiences. To put that in perspective, last year at Easter we celebrated with about 285, over ONE Sunday Morning Worship Experience. 57 people stood up during one of our Easter Services to make the decision to follow Christ!
After it was all said and done, I found myself sort of wandering the parking lot trying to make sense of everything God has done this past year, and yesterday morning. I was thanking him. Feeling tired, but grateful. And then I looked at my watch. It was 3:00pm. Some of these guys had been at the AMC since 4:30 in the morning setting up, preparing, praying for every person who would walk through our doors on Easter Sunday. And here they were, many, still working, cleaning up, and celebrating together what God had done.
I’m so grateful that someone decided to snap a picture.
Ministry certainly takes a toll. Mondays are always hard days. But it’s worth it knowing that we’re doing this together.
I have two families. My wife and my girls are God’s greatest gift to me.
My church family, those who volunteer and serve and pray and give and do whatever it takes to make sure that we’ve created an environment where every person has an opportunity to experience the presence and the love of God … certainly, they are God’s second greatest gift.
If we weren’t tired and a bit “hungover” on Monday, I’d be worried.
We’re giving it all we’ve got for the One Who gave all He had for us!
Thank you Jesus.