If you’re a ministry leader, mostly what you think about this weekend is others.
The people coming to Good Friday services
The guests who will be at church on Easter Sunday
Your team and crew who served so hard this weekend while everyone else was ‘off’
Your family and all the people who will be through your home
Your spouse and kids (certainly not last and certainly not least)
But what about you?
One of the nasty secrets of church leadership is that leaders help other people celebrate the major holidays but in the process sometimes fail to celebrate it themselves.
When that happens repeatedly, major moments like Good Friday and Easter Sunday lose their meaning. They become about what Jesus did for others, and you lose the fact that He also did this for you.
It’s not just a personal relationship with others Christ wants, it’s a personal relationship with you.
And the shadow side of neglecting your soul on weekend like this is that, over time, the impact is cumulative.
A spiritually empty leader can’t grow a spiritually vibrant ministry.
You will never be able to lead people beyond where you yourself have gone.
So by all means serve others this weekend. We have six services this weekend and we’re launching a 40 Day spiritual journey on Easter Sunday. I’m all for that.
But don’t neglect your own soul.
God loves you. He really does.
That’s why you got into this in the first place, isn’t it?
Here are a few, simple ways you can engage your heart this weekend:
Put on a playlist that moves your spirit. I did this before the weekend services, and some of the songs moved me to tears.
Dig into the scriptures personally. I find Isaiah 53 moves me into incredible space when I think about the sacrifice of Jesus. You might have a few passages that move your core as well.
Pray beyond just ‘grace’ with your family. This can be awkward, but don’t settle for just the usual ‘grace’ at dinner – probe deeper and express your gratitude and longings to God.
Go for a walk. Or go for a hike or hit a coffee shop or take a bike ride or do something that gets you away from your usual and into a place where you naturally have time to think, breathe and reflect.
Spend 30 minutes in silence reflecting on God’s love for you. When was the last time you did this? Exactly.
So this weekend, let God’s love for people also be God’s love for you.
Regardless of whether it makes you a better leader (it will, trust me), it will help you experience the grace Christ longs for you to experience.
What helps you connect with God during a busy ministry season?