And depending on where you live, it could be one of those Mondays. You know what I’m talking about: you are looking out the window at gray skies and wet ground, and it seems that there is no coffee pot in the world large enough to get you through the next 8-12 hours.
If you’re in ministry (either paid or volunteer), Mondays can be especially rough. You have a pocket full of notes from the weekend, a few dozen scribbles of things that need to be fixed, a mental checklist of folks you need to call or lunches that need to be set up or meetings that need to happen.
I don’t presume to speak for you, but my Monday temptation is always to fix it. I want to strike fast, strike decisively, and get things done. Here’s the problem with that: a lot of weekend problems center around people, and if I roll into Mondays focused on task, I forget all about touch.
The reality is that your volunteers had a rough weekend, too. Your fellow staff members also saw a slew of things that needed to be fixed. They have a full agenda for this day as well. If you barrel in with all guns blazing and checklists in hand, you might miss the greater ministry opportunity and actually damage the people around you.
So before you check off your list, check in with your team: How are you? How did things go for you? What did you see? Did you get any rest? How can I pray for you?
Pausing for those sort of questions drive the task-driven among us crazy because of their perceived inefficiency. But putting your people before your projects will be the greatest thing you can do today.