But I don’t want to preach today!
Have you had days when you just did not feel like preaching? You wake up on Sunday morning. Start the morning routine. Then somewhere along the way you think, “I don’t want to go to church today, and I really don’t want to preach today.” How do you muster the energy and resolve to do the preaching task when you don’t even want to be there? Do you just suck it up and do the job? Do you find yourself trying to talk yourself into it like an internal self-help guru? When that happens, have you noticed your attitude during the Sunday morning experience? It’s not the best, right? Everyone who has ever been a preacher knows those feelings. We have all experienced that emotional drag when we just did not want to be there.
I don’t think there’s a ‘magical cure.’ And, yes, sometimes you just have to suck it up and get the job done. But I’ve found that there are some thing a preacher can do that might make a bit of a difference, at least in our attitudes if not in our desire. Now, I’m sure you are already praying and reading the Scriptures. Here are a few other things that might help spur you out of that Sunday morning funk. Try them out and see if they make a difference for you:
1. Change up the morning routine. Instead of reviewing your notes one more time, you could go hangout with the greeters. Welcoming those who are arriving for worship might renew your passion for preaching to them! Or, maybe you should go listen to the choir or praise team during their morning warm-up and let the music minister to you a bit. Change the routine and you may regain a bit of the passion.
2. Pull out an old note of encouragement. When I get a critical note or email I shred or delete them. Yet, when I get an encouraging note, I save them in a file in my desk. And then when I’m feeling a bit down I’ll pull them out and read a few. I know, it might sound a little ‘cheesy,’ but it really, really, helps. Try it.
3. Review the ‘why’ of this sermon. I find that if I remind myself of the ‘why’ of the sermon then I’ll have greater energy and passion to preach it. The ‘why’ of the sermon is the most important part of it!
4. Make a list. Write out 10 things you love about preaching and the same number of the things you love about your church. When you are reminded of your love for the people and your love for the preaching task your attitude will change in a hurry!
That’s all I have. I hope they help. Let me know either way; did they work for you or not? Is there something I left out? Is there something that might be more helpful? Let us pray for one another, that Christ will become known through our preaching, even when we are not feeling it! And if this post was helpful for you, please share it! And consider subscribing to the blog! Grace and Peace, Rich