Not only is today Monday, but it's the Monday after Easter Sunday. The most emotionally and spiritually charged and exhausting day of the week is compounded by being the biggest holiday on the Christian calendar.
And if you're sitting at your desk on Monday feeling like you're on empty, join the club. It's called the Easter Blah. Mondays are usually the hardest day of the week for pastors to start with, they come with their own blahs. But when it's the Monday after Easter, it's an even bigger sand trap of productivity.
So how can we overcome the Easter Blah in ministry?
Text or Call Your Staff - Easter is an awesome day of ministry, family, and traditions. Talk with them about how their Easter went, what their family did, get their feedback from Sunday. Whatever you want to talk about with them, make sure you're engaging with them. If nothing else, you'll at least have some distraction from the Blah, but chances are you'll be encouraged to hear what was happening throughout the church in other people's ministries.
Spend Extra Time in Prayer - Monday is a great day of prayer anyway as we lay out our week, determine our preaching passage, or work through the list of callbacks and ministry visits to make. When you're tired, when you're weak, when you're struggling with finding energy, give some extra time to spending time with God.
Don't Do Heavy Lifting - You're coming off the biggest, hardest, most exhausting day of the Church Calendar. It's not the day you need to try to do heavy lifting. It's the day you need to review emails, catch up on your phone list, straighten your office, write an article, whatever you need to do.
Be Thankful - How cool was it yesterday? You got to welcome guests, celebrate Jesus, and make an impact on your community for Jesus. I'm grateful for all the people we had on campus for an Easter breakfast, our worship services, and our Egg Hunt for our kids. It was a great day. It's hard to believe sometimes I get to do this. So today, I'm thankful.
How are you dealing with your Easter Blah this year?
Scott M. Douglas
A blog about leadership and the lasting legacy of family ministry.