Here is the reason we make these articles available each week. Like many of you, we know all too well that some Monday’s can be extremely difficult for preachers. We have experienced blue Monday's and we have counseled with numerous preachers through the years who have as well.
Sunday’s can be at the same time both exhilarating and taxing. They can be filled with both joys and sorrows. There will be Sunday’s that may cause us on Monday to reconsider our commitment to preaching.
Hence, our byline. “Don’t Quit on a Monday.” This is our motivation for writing 4YourMonday. Prayerfully, just a little piece of encouragement that will serve as a reminder to all of us about why we keep doing what we do.
However, it’s one thing to say, “Hang in there,” “Don’t give up,” “Don’t quit on a Monday!” The question is what can we do when we find ourselves in this place? Are there any helpful suggestions? My prayer is that if you are struggling, one or more of these might be helpful.
First, keep your eyes on Jesus. Satan desires to distract us from our Lord. He wants us to lose sight of the King. He hopes through depression, distraction, or seasons of defeat to make us take our eyes off the One who can do the most for us.
Second, refocus our priorities. Maybe someone was unkind to you on Sunday. Maybe you are going through a rough time with your elders. Maybe you feel overwhelmed as you look at this week’s schedule. Please remember, Dear Brother, our primary work is the Preaching of the Gospel. It has been my experience that when I’m having a tough time in life that there is nothing that helps quite as much as getting busy about the work of Preaching.
Third, take some time (if at any means possible) to relax, retreat, and renew. Take a day (or even half a day) and spend it doing something with your wife/family or a friend that brings joy.
Fourth (because I’m already over my word limit, I’ll be brief), spend some extra time in prayer. Talk to your Father. Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.
Hope these starters will help. I’m sure there are more. Have a blessed week and remember, you are loved and appreciated.