Everybody hates Mondays. Songs have been written about how bad Mondays are. Crimes have been blamed on Mondays. No doubt, you’ve probably already seen, heard or even said your fair share of critical comments toward the first day of the work week.
I think this is unfair. What did Monday ever do to anybody? It’s just another day of the week. It is what you make of it. For some reason, we like to make it as bad as possible.
In the Bible’s creation account, we do not read, “On the first day, God sat around and complained, postponing his work until Tuesday.”
The Psalmist never said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it” with a footnote at the bottom of the page telling you that in the original language the word day refers only to weekend days. If your Bible does say this, get a new one.
One way to help us to have the right attitude about Mondays is to remember God’s grace over the past few days.
As we all face another Monday together, here are a few things that I am thankful for.
1. I introduced my boys to The Lord of the Rings movies over the Christmas break. I loved seeing their reaction to the battle of good and evil and the final victory of good.
2. On Sunday an old college friend visited my church. I haven’t seen him in nearly 20 years. I was happy to see that God is really blessing his family as he grows in his walk with Christ.
3. On Sunday night we continued a family tradition of eating breakfast for dinner. We watched football and Duck Dynasty reruns. I love hearing my kids laugh at Uncle Si.
4. I’m praying specifically for my youngest son to understand the gospel. In his Sunday School class, he was asked why Jesus calmed the storm. Before the question was completed he blurted out, “Because he’s Jesus and he can do whatever he wants to do.” I think he’s starting to get it.
5. I never feel more dependent upon God than I do when I prepare for and deliver a sermon. At the same time, I never feel closer to God. I can honestly say that he speaks to me during these times. It’s never in an audible voice. It’s through his word and the series of events that he sovereignly puts before me. I’m thankful that the God who is with us is also the God who speaks to us.
6. I started getting serious about running just before my first son was born. After he came along, I started pushing him in a stroller. I would always joke that he finished ahead of me. Now that he’s older, the stroller is gone and he runs beside me. But he still finishes ahead of me. I can’t think of a better way to lose a race.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:28-29 (ESV)