For Every Worship Leader Who’s Ever Struggled Through a Monday

Carey Nieuwhof offers an encouraging word to church leaders:

  • Probably more than any other day of the week, leaders get discouraged on Mondays.
  • Your message didn’t quite elicit the response you hoped it would.
  • That one nasty email stole some much needed sleep last night.
  • You think you’re not making nearly the progress you hoped you would.
  • You wonder whether anyone actually appreciates what you’re doing.
  • That person who left also discouraged three other people on their way out the door.

I don’t know whether this is apocryphal or not, but it’s said more ministry leaders resign on a Monday than any other day. If you’ve been in ministry for any length of time, you’ll understand why.

A few weeks ago I caught a breathtakingly fresh glimpse of how I think God must feel when he sees the discouragement present in his people on days like Monday.

My wife Toni and I were on a hike in the woods.

I like to take pictures, and I was heading to a stream to take some shots of a small waterfall when I almost stepped on the flowers above.

They were incredibly small. They were barely visible from 6 feet up, but I caught them out of the corner of my eye.

I had to get down on my stomach to take this shot. I got as close as I could to snap the photo. (The picture makes them look so much bigger than they were, even without a macro lens.)

As I looked at them, it occurred to me that I might actually be the only human to ever see these flowers.

It made me think…

That doesn’t really matter to God.

He created them, and he absolutely delights in them.

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