So, how do you feel this Monday morning?
Mondays is recovery day for many ministers. In fact, many reading this post are “off” today. I stopped taking Monday off for one simple reason: I had a hard time not thinking about what happened Sunday on Monday. I know some will say I shouldn’t overemphasize Sundays. That’s fine. However, I can’t think of a better chance to get a snapshot of the entire church than Sunday.
On Sundays: People gather, serve, praise, pray, fellowship, and more–and we all do it together. Small groups are vital–but you can’t get a better snapshot of the whole church by observing one small group. Service is also wonderful–but you can’t get it there either.
At our 10am Monday staff meeting we ask, “How were we yesterday?” That’s not a, “How did the staff perform yesterday?” That’s a, “How are (we), the church doing in our walks with Christ, our welcoming of the stranger, our care for one another, and our passion for the Kingdom?”
Yes, it’s hard to get a true measurement of those things from a couple of hours together one-day a week. That’s why we gather in groups, serve together, etc. However, Sundays do provide a bit of family photo. It’s a snapshot. We can see who was there–and notice new faces. We can see who’s smiling or looks like their hurting. We can see who’s distracted (including ourselves).
Monday checkups are like a look in a mirror. They can’t accurately tell you whether you are healthy or not from top to bottom. However, a good look back at Sunday on Monday can tell you whether you are gaining weight, need a haircut, or have a sunburn. It’s great for looking at basic vital signs.
There’s one other Monday checkup I engage in, and it’s personal. How did I feel about yesterday–in my heart. Did I preach faithfully, prepared, and with love/bitterness in my heart? Did I love God’s people? And then, I ask:
Did I enjoy yesterday?
A certain type of person might ask, “Who cares if you enjoyed it or not?” I’ve learned over the years that if I enjoy Sundays, it’s much more likely others will. Beyond that, answering the, “Did I enjoy yesterday?” question is a good spiritual barometer for me.
Noticing every blemish isn’t helpful. There’s always stuff we wish had gone differently. It doesn’t take long. In fact, the personal questions I ask can be thought through on the drive home Sunday.
This weekly time of reflection is less about “performance analysis” and more spiritual discipline. Whether you have Mondays off or not, take the time to ask some of these questions.
For 30 good minutes: Reflect.