Election Day is like Christmas or Easter, if you work in church ministry: it’s circled on the calendar, there’s a huge buildup, and you spend the days leading up to it focusing so intently on it that the world may as well end when it’s over.
But the world doesn’t end when it’s over.
The youth retreat you’re speaking at still starts on Friday night.
Youth group plans still need to be developed before Sunday.
You still have to preach.
Days that are a Big Deal serve for a season as repositories for all of our anxiety and stress about the world and our work. That’s not all bad. That stress is a goad to good work and deepened commitment. But what happens to our commitment after the day passes?
Come tomorrow, no matter the outcome of today’s election, I want to work on stuff that matters.