Why do I feel this way on the day after Easter?

As a pastor, you have a variety of emotions on the day after Easter. Since this is my 25th Easter (we’ll celebrate that later this year), I’ve experienced all of them at one time or another – sometimes all on the same Monday.

Sometimes you feel…

      • Delirious – The service went great, or your neighbor came for the first time, or you broke through a growth barrier and you feel like you’re walking on air. We’ve had a few of those in our time. I can remember being dog tired on Sunday afternoon but wanting to take a walk in the neighborhood just to talk to God about my feelings. I couldn’t believe that he would use us like this. I couldn’t believe how many people came to church on Easter. We broke through a growth barrier on this our 25th year. It never gets old.

The antidote? Tell somebody. Good news becomes better news when it shared. If you can’t think of anybody else to tell, tell me. I’m still a sucker for a good story.

  • Disappointed – Frankly, things didn’t go as well as you had anticipated. Maybe the message didn’t work, the service flow was choppy, or there just weren’t as many people as you had hoped for. My wife is a great counterbalance for me when my expectations are out of whack. “Seriously, when did we ever dream that we would be disappointed with an Easter like this one?”

The antidote? Lower your expectations. If you can’t meet your expectations, and your ability to enjoy the season you’re in is constantly in turmoil, you may need to lower them. I’d rather minister from a healthy place than at an unsustainable pace.

  • Discouraged – This one happens when you feel pretty good about you’re own Easter until you start reading all the tweets about everybody else’s Easter. Their great news makes your good news feel like trivial pursuits. You could just stop following them. Probably not a bad idea. If it doesn’t lift you up, why take it in? The problem is this: simply unfollowing doesn’t get to the root problem.

The antidote? Broaden the we. “We had a great Easter” should include everyone in the body of Christ. The only one that really has a bad Easter is Satan. Bummer for him.

  • Depressed – After a few Easters I noticed that even “Delirious” and mild depression can coexist. (I’m not talking about a long lasting, see a doc and take some meds type depression.) We could have a great Easter celebration, God met with us in pretty incredible ways, and two days later I’m feeling like the sky is falling. Someone recently told me that he discovered, while studying several great and accomplished ministers, that an unusual number of them resigned their posts shortly after Easter. Go figure.

The antidote? Just get some rest. Chances are, your body over adrenalized in the build up too and actual accomplishment of this incredible day. Don’t talk to anyone, quit anything, or make any long term commitments. Just chill. You’ll feel better soon. Besides, you’re going to get another swing at it this week. The last I checked, we celebrate Easter 365 days a year.

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What do you think?

What do you do to get the mojo back?

 

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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15 comments
WoodyFreeman
WoodyFreeman

We probably all experience these "letdowns" in one way or another. I know I have and I get my "mojo" back by a Prayer, the voice a great friend and planting something (in the ground).:-) God's Blessings to all...He Has Risen!!

Mark Q
Mark Q

Although our church had the best Easter yet, attendance souls coming to Christ programming etc. the next day I was wiped out and I began to become depressed. Tired worn out and caught up with "we could have done better" To re-fuel I usually do something that has nothing to do with our church kayak racquetball and often serve somewhere in our community cause I'm not the Pastor or the speaker I'm just another a believer trying to be a conduit for the gospel . This brings me back to what's important especially when I help take out the garbage or spend time with my family I'm just Dad and it refreshes me and energizes me for the next time. I find, to much time as just the lead Pastor isn't healthy for me, but a balance between lead Pastor, Dad, husband and a great neighbor is a healthy sustainable pace for me.

Gregsur
Gregsur

Sandy - Love the Newton imagery! Kay - I really like the guys at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale. Lynn & Sharon - Thanks for your encouragement!

Sandy Meier
Sandy Meier

This post is a definitely keeper for me. You describe the way I feel after many "big events" both personal and professional. I'm fortunate to have a husband who is very adept at providing a one-liner that, after I get over being irritated by it, helps me get my perspective back. When you put all of your emotion and energy into something then perhaps there's no avoiding the recoil afterward. Maybe Newton's law has an emotional application :)

Kay Fekete
Kay Fekete

I often tell people that one of the things both Dan and I love about your preaching is you are so down-to-earth real and practical and we ALWAYS walk away with something to apply to our lives. While I have yet to plan an Easter service to anyone or preached one Easter sermon - much less 100's, I can take this piece and apply it to any area of my life. We happened to be in South Florida this Easter and attended the combined services of all the area Calvary Chapel satellites at FAU stadium. But from reading some of the comments, will definitely be listening to your sermon. So you can be encouraged that lives will continue to be touched and the rippling effect will go on until eternity!

Lynn Richardson
Lynn Richardson

Very understandable,I could SEE! the barriers that were broken through with God's Powerful message through you. The serpent's head was bruised, warfare is expected! Crucifixion of the flesh keeps us humble when that kind of Power is operating. A mojo lifter-a fro-yo those little sample cups make me happy then my choices in the big cup-Yum,truthfully have you ever seen an unhappy face in a Creamery!

Sharon
Sharon

I'm not a preacher, but would imagine it about the same as a big holiday you get ready for and the let down after all the work. Just rest and let God restore your soul. If you ever need confirmation, just ask all the people you reach every Sunday with the word of God. I'm sure I speak for lots when I say that no matter who you are or what you are going through, when you go to SeaCoast on the weekend, the message is meant for YOU! You are so blessed by God, and you share that with us every weekend,and I pray that you realize how important you are to your flock! We love you being our pastor!!

Sean Boyd
Sean Boyd

I have experienced most of those! This year, I felt delirious afterwards. How do I get the mojo back? I always take a day for rest, hobby, gratitude and reflection. And I take lots of time to say thank you to all of the people who made great things happen. Thanks Greg.

Terra Kinder
Terra Kinder

It is very encouraging to hear your sentiments. Sometimes people forget that you are a human I think. Delirious Disappointed Discouraged Depressed All are very understandable and relative emotions. I think some of it comes from the acts that were or were not committed during the Easter Season. Delirious: Jesus probably felt quite delirious throughout the series of events that led to his death. Being drug around like and animal, mocked, thorn of crowns; those experiences would lead most of the people I've ever known into an almost animal base state. Disappointed: Was Jesus disappointed in God? Are we disappointed as parents and children in God's Choice? Discouraged: Jesus was murdered in a gruesome and public manner. What do those acts say about us as human beings. Depressed: Who are we that such a sacrifice was required? GET SOME REST I think that's great advice. Sleep on it, yes. Letting go of core negativity is much more difficult than negativity caused by a situation... and remember: God's Grace. Have a Happy Day! tk

Chris Russo
Chris Russo

To get the mojo back it's gotta be concentrated time with the Father. Riding the emotional high can only last so long so I kind of disregard it. What is God saying to me? What am I going to do about it? Russo

GregSurratt
GregSurratt moderator

Thx Woody. I think you are right. The feelings are common

Gregsur
Gregsur

Sean - good stuff. That's essentially what I do. I've also started to take the next weekend off from preaching to let my mind rest a bit.

Gregsur
Gregsur

Thanks Chris - You knocked it out of the ballpark with the spoken word on Easter! Terra - Thanks for your comments. Puts it in a gospel context