As I sit in front of my computer right now I am thankful. Thankful for a successful Easter weekend. Thankful for a community outreach event that reached record numbers. Thankful for four Easter services that saw numerous kids and adults alike come to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Thankful for all of the volunteers that sacrificed parts of their weekend to make it all happen. Thankful for a delicious meal shared with family and friends. And quite frankly, thankful that it’s all over. (Just being honest.)
As a pastor, Easter can be downright exhausting. There’s a certain pressure that comes along with this “Super Bowl” of all Christian holidays, and all of the effort that goes into being sure every ‘t’ is crossed and every ‘i’ dotted can drain the life out of you. And I say all of this knowing that my experience this year was a great one. But maybe yours wasn’t. I’ve been there.
Maybe the neighbor or co-worker you’ve been inviting to church for weeks didn’t show. Maybe the weather didn’t cooperate for your egg hunt and you now have 5,000 pre-filled plastic Easter eggs sitting in the corner of your office and no idea what to do with them. Maybe some of your key volunteers had to bail at the last minute leaving you in the lurch. Maybe you didn’t have as many in attendance at your church as you’d anticipated. Maybe you didn’t have as many decisions for Christ as you’d been hoping and praying for. Maybe you’re comparing all of this to everyone else’s highlight reel being plastered all over social media. And maybe you’re sitting there wondering what you did wrong, feeling a little like the unfound egg from yesterday’s hunt–alone and forgotten. Again, I’ve been there.
But here’s the good news. None of those things are indicative of your character. None of those things are a testament to your competency to serve the Lord and his people. And none of those things negate the calling that God has placed on your life. In fact, if you did all you could do, then that’s all you could do. At some point you have to leave the rest in God’s hands and trust him for the outcome. You are only responsible for faithfulness, not results.
Easter Sunday is not THE Sunday. It’s A Sunday. If it were the only Sunday, maybe you should be a little worried. But you’ve got 51 other Sundays in this calendar year. And each one rolls around 6 days after the one that precedes it. So be encouraged! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and step back in the ring and keep swinging. If you’ll keep being faithful, God will bring about the results.