Which means your twitter stream will fill up with tweets from pastors citing something called the holy hangover.
What is the holy hangover? It’s the Monday-morning feeling of emptiness that comes from preaching your heart out. It’s coming down from somewhat of a spiritual rush. It’s a real sense of being drained that only preachers will understand.
But before you Facebook about your holy hangover, press pause for a minute and think with me. How are your followers going to interpret this holy hangover.
You talked to people.
On a stage.
Most people don’t think it’s hard work.
They don’t know how much time you spent preparing and they don’t understand the spiritual weight that comes with preparing and delivering a sermon. In their minds, you were the center of attention for a few hours.
On top of that, they read your holy hangover tweet from the teachers lounge when they have to eat a 22-minute lunch that was reheated in the community microwave. Or maybe they read about your holy hangover on Facebook, which they checked from their office cubicle where they will sit for eight hours doing work they don’t enjoy for a boss that has little personality. Or they didn’t even see your status update because they were on their feet for ten hours straight in the restaurant.
I’m not trying to make you feel guilty for needing a Sunday afternoon nap or feeling emotionally drained on Monday morning. That’s reality.
But perception is also reality.
When you talk about a holy hangover, it disconnects you from your congregation – the very people you’re attempting to help follow Jesus with all their hearts. I know being a pastor is a ministry and a calling and a divine responsibility, but many of your people feel the same way about their jobs. At least, that’s what you told them when you told them to be a missionary in their workplace and invite their co-workers to church.
I know there’s a spiritual weight but it sound like whining to the everyday person.
Is the holy hangover real?
It might be a very real sensation for you.
But my humble advice learned from years of making this mistake: don’t brag about how tired you are on social media.
Most people will think you’re crazy.