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.
What do you think?
What do you do to get the mojo back?