Why I Absolutely LOVE Mondays
A few weeks I was introduced to a new word…’brutiful.’ It was introduced to me by new friends of mine Michael Maglish and Keaton Smith. ‘Brutiful’ as in the ministry (they were specifically referencing ‘youth’ ministry) can be both brutal and beautiful at the same time. It’s hard to argue with that logic because there is a lot of truth in that word. Ministry can be brutal, because we work with people. Yet ministry can also be beautiful, because we work with people.
But even in the moments that are ‘brutiful’ I can honestly say, I love being a pastor. I love it.
There is no greater joy and privilege I’ve had in my life than to be called ‘pastor.’
That’s why I absolutely LOVE Mondays. I know a lot of fellow pastor friends of mine that take Monday off. I understand their reasoning. Sundays are often long and challenging for pastors and so it makes sense to take time on Monday to recover from your Sunday.
Not me, though. Nope.
I LOVE Mondays. I love walking into the office knowing I have a full week ahead to serve my church family. I love that God has orchestrated my life and my story for me to have the privilege of pastoring the greatest group of people at First Christian.
(I’m not buttering up to them, either. They know it. I tell them all the time how much I love being their pastor.)
Have said all that…here are my top nine reasons I absolutely LOVE Mondays and why I absolutely LOVE being a pastor:
1. Going to the office on Monday means I have a full week to schedule my time and to organize my days around one theme: giving people hope. As a pastor, I’m an ambassador of hope. Isn’t that a great reason to go to work on a Monday morning?
2. I get to study His Word every day and at the end of the week, I am honored and privilege to share with my church family and message from God based on my studying during the week. How cool is that?!
3. My entire life is based upon developing relationships: developing my relationship with God and developing my relationship with others. It’s the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life.
4. I work with an amazing group of ministers, staff, elders and volunteers from my church family here at First Christian. I love being a part of the team that God has put together here and working with the is a privilege.
5. Let’s say I have a ‘challenging’ Sunday – Maybe I delivered my message horribly, or maybe I was distracted during worship or maybe I was just having an ‘off’ day…Working first thing on Monday morning is the quickest way I’ve learned to let Sunday go and begin a new week. It minimizes the time I have to throw a pity party for myself (that no one will come to but me!) and it lets me throw myself into the work God has called me to do and focus on others.
6. On the flip side, let’s say I have a ‘wonderful’ Sunday – The church is full, the message spoke to hearts, I was encouraged at every turn…Working first thing on Monday morning is the best way to repurpose that energy and momentum. It’s also the best way for me to remind myself that ministry is not about me. It’s about others. Getting to work on Monday morning lets me focus on others.
7. I have learned (through a lot of trial and error) that I thrive on accountability. Knowing that my church family and community watch how I live and how I work is a great accountability system for me.
8. I work in a community with some of the most dedicated pastors and ministers I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. They have encouraged me and loved me and inspired me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Part of my Mondays is dedicated to praying for these men and women by name. I look forward to the time I spend with God praying for my community, its churches, its pastors & ministers. I’m honored to work alongside them.
9. I am a broken, imperfect, faulty human that God uses (which is still hard for me to believe) to accomplish His perfect will. I pray that I never get over that enormity of that statement.
There it is. That’s whyy I absolutely LOVE Mondays and why I absolutely LOVE being a pastor.
Until next time…