I don’t know that this is true for every preacher. I’m convinced it is true for most of us with minor variations in routine. (I am not looking for a pep talk, I just want you to know how my typical Sunday feels.)
5:00 am – Time to get up. Start the day with prayer and optimism. Today is going to be great.
6:12 am – Practice the sermon a couple of times to make sure I have it memorized and ready.
7:32 am – Arrive at the Church building and get everything ready for the day.
8:01 am – Other people arriving at the building and practicing worship. Excitement is growing. This is going to be a fantastic day. The band is here and ready, and so am I.
8:55 am – Very few people here for our first worship program. Is anyone coming today? This might be the day no one shows up. Who can blame them after last week’s sermon?
9:12 am – People are here, a little late, but at least they came.
9:28 am – Game time. Here we go, let’s change the world. The sermon is going to be a home run; I can feel it.
9:42 am – No one seems to be listening. Every time those people get up and down, it distracts everyone else. Hopefully, someone is getting something useful.
9:58 am – It’s over. I am pretty sure no one listened. Another bomb. This is so hard. I am sure I will do better next program.
10:35 am – The second program is starting. Is it possible I have forgotten the entire sermon in a half-hour? Think, Matt, think!
10:48 am – I cannot focus on these songs. The sermon stinks. Is it too late to write something new? Are twelve minutes enough to make the changes? Oh, forget it.
11:03 am – Here we go again. Is anyone going to listen to this one?
11:11 am – Wow. There are several people missing today. Is something going on that I don’t know about, or is it just me?
11:24 am – Almost done preaching. I am drained, and I don’t even care anymore.
11:31 am – It is finally over. I hope no one talks to me. I am very vulnerable right now.
11:42 am – A few people said they liked the sermon, but they always say they like it. Most people left without a word, so I am praying that one person was blessed today.
11:50 am – I had high hopes for today. Turned out average at best. I cannot believe I failed again. What does it take to reach people for Jesus? Maybe I need a gimmick. Some object lesson or cool video to make things better. Too bad I don’t know video, and I am not creative.
12:12 pm – I don’t know what to do anymore. I have been preaching for almost 28 years, and I have almost nothing to show for it. Maybe I should quit.
1:37 pm – Darkness. All is darkness. God, I am sorry I let you down again.
3:19 pm – I am going to give myself one more week. If nothing exciting happens next week, I quit.
6:15 pm – If I start working on next Sunday’s sermon now, maybe next week’s sermon will be better. I will definitely pray more, study more and work harder this week.
9:23 pm – Exhausted, got to get some rest and be ready to get to work tomorrow. This week is going to be great.