The Christmas production is over. Because of the universal appeal of the Christmas season, churches take advantage of the opportunity to involve and impact your community with a special production. For many people, it’s just not time to celebrate Christmas until the choir does their program. You very much feel that pressure. So, you have prepared, planned, rehearsed, promoted, and prayed for this one event for most of the year. When the concerts are over and it’s Monday morning, what do you do? Here are four things to keep in mind in the days following the presentation.
- Expect the “Elijah” effect.
Remember what happened to Elijah after the confrontation with the prophets of Baal on top of Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18? The expenditure of the spiritual and physical energy in that epic moment left the prophet exhausted and worn down. He was vulnerable at that point to what might be considered depression. One threat from the queen had him running for his life. Our Christmas productions aren’t exactly on that level, but the same effect is real. When you work that hard and focus that much on something, a natural let down is sure to follow. Some of the most hurtful and petty attitudes I have ever had have come after a major event. Don’t be caught off-guard by the “Elijah” effect.
- Do something that clears your head.
Clean the garage. Go to a football game. Find a new movie you want to see. Listen to a great symphony or take your family on a short trip. Whatever it may be, find something that moves your head out of the production and on to something else not nearly as consequential. I used to save all of our Christmas shopping until the week after the production. Teresa would patiently wait until then and together we would spend those days completing our shopping list.
The days leading up to the production were probably days that you didn’t spend much time with friends or family. Take some friends and your spouse to dinner. Call your parents for a long talk. Get back into the flow of interacting with close friends and family. Re-engage in all of your relationships.
Have you ever seen those “run away truck” ramps on interstates where there are steep grade descending roads? A loaded 18-wheeler coming down the mountain can’t stop abruptly. Wherever you see a sharp curve, you will see a safety exit for those trucks going too fast to make the curve. After a major production, you are going too fast to make a sharp curve. Don’t make major decisions or allow your commitments to require a sharp curve from you. Take the safety ramp. Get some rest.
Right after a presentation, we are at our most vulnerable point. Take all of that into consideration and plan for these days to be days of renewal and refreshment.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.