Shocked by the title?
Forgive me if you are, but to me, it is the only way to describe what I battle each Monday morning after service on Sunday. I feel drained physically, emotionally and spiritually. The effect doesn’t seem to correlate with how the previous Lord’s Day went. It doesn’t really matter if services went very well or very poorly. Monday could be very difficult, or not so much.
I’ve read what I’ve come across on the issue and tried several strategies to fight against it. After following the conventional wisdom of taking in Mondays off in the past, I found an article by one pastor who says that he doesn’t take Monday off because he doesn’t want to give his family his worst day. So, I’ve begun trying to work through Mondays and plug on to try to gain some traction for Tuesday and the rest of the week. It helped significantly…until today.
Today’s no good. Cool, rainy and mostly miserable day. I would chalk it up to that, but I’ve been looking forward to fall. I’m ready for some wind and rain this year.
Many pastors say that reading Scripture, to start the day, similar to every other day serves as an aspirin to the Pastor’s Hangover. Some say that physically challenging exercise kicks back against that “blah.” Others, extended times of prayer.
Not today. I just haven’t been able to muster the desire or energy. Today I won’t lie or try to sound super spiritual. This Monday, September 24th, 2012, has me on the ropes.
The bad part? This week stares back at me with several deadlines, travel and even moving a refrigerator for a friend. So, as an almost last resort, I’m opting for a little comedic therapy. Join me, won’t you, by watching my favorite Tim Hawkins clip, and after the jump, tell me how you or your pastor deal with the Pastor’s Hangover.