Each Monday, we hope to share a tip or strategy for making the most of your Monday. These aren’t going to be cheesy productivity tips, though they might help your productivity. They are going to be things that we have used and found helpful in our own ministry. Some may be helpful, some not. We just hope that you go into Monday with the same energy and focus as you would a Sunday.
This week’s “Monday follows Sunday” thought:
Last week, my youngest Zoey, came down with a respiratory bug. When Zoey gets sick she goes from perfectly happy and healthy one minute to miserable and feverish the next. She, in many ways, keeps me on my toes, and when she is sick that is just exacerbated.
Of course her illness came in the midst of a full week at church. (Notice that I didn’t use the word busy, I don’t like that word or the excuse that it usually accompanies.) Full weeks are great, but they are FULL. So when I got the call from the school that she was running a fever, I was a little thrown.
At moments like this, no matter how organized my color-coded calendar may be, it is time to erase the rest of the afternoon and take care of my baby. I think everyone, or at least I would hope everyone, would understand these moments.
But how do you communicate this expectation to your congregation or community? How do you say,”I love you Church, but God has made me a Minister and a Mom (or Dad, Grandparent, Family Member, Caretaker)?” Some communities, like the one I serve, get that. Some don’t. You have to be confident enough in your call and your community to communicate the boundaries and priorities that you value.
Don’t look up from a moment like I had and say “wow, I chose the wrong one.”
To dive deeper into this thought:
(Book) “Choosing to Cheat”, Andy Stanley
(Sermon Audio) “Choosing to Cheat”, Andy Stanley