Almost every Friday you will hear that phrase yelled loudly in my house. See, I LOVE the weekend. I love being off of work (not that work ever truly is done in the land of Radiant Church) and I love the down time that allows me to be with my kids and wife. There is just something about Friday that in my mind marks the beginning of a break in routine, a chance to relax a bit, and time to spend with people that I love.
Perhaps you feel the same way.
That thinking, however, includes one major negative byproduct. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with looking forward to relaxation, time with family, and a break in routine the problem arises in assuming that life can only happen on the weekend. The negative byproduct that comes into play begs to ask the question, “What about Monday?” Am I just to assume that because it is not a day that includes Friday, Saturday, or Sunday that I cannot experience the things that make life worthwhile?
Why is it that I struggle to have the same “look forward to it” attitude about Monday, or Tuesday, or even Wednesday for that matter that I do about Friday? Yes, I see the surface answer to that question. It would be easy to point to Monday being not so glamorous, because it typically is the start of my work week, as the reason why I’m not so enthusiastic. It would also be easy for me to say that I don’t look forward to Monday as much as I do Friday because in some ways I’m starting my week by actually leaving the weekend behind. All of those reasons and more would be easy, but understandable, for me to point to Friday and say “good” and point to Monday and say “bad.”
But if I’m honest, I think there is another reason. A much more deeper reason.
And it goes back to a scripture that has arrested me recently.
Psalms 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This scripture destroys the whole “living for the weekend” excuse I tend to fall into sometimes. Why? Because of the first word in the scripture.
It doesn’t say that tomorrow is the day the Lord has made. It doesn’t say another day is the day the Lord has made. No, it says that THIS is the day the Lord has made. Meaning that the current day I am experiencing is the best day I can experience because God created it and it is full of potential that only He can provide!
To put the scripture in my language, MONDAY is the day the Lord has made! I don’t have to wait for Friday to experience the fullness of what God has in store. It doesn’t mean that every day will be easy, just that there are no days on accident. Each day is specifically designed by God to be embraced and not wasted.
Monday may not have everything I would desire for it (relaxation, break from routine, downtime) but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good for me.
See, my ability to embrace TODAY is directly related to my attitude about embracing God’s design. Because if I believe that there is nothing by accident due to the design of God, which is exactly what I believe, then I can’t discard something as precious as a day just because I may not like what it contains. Nothing is wasted with God, so nothing can be wasted with me.
Which means I need to embrace Monday. Or as Psalms 118:24 puts it, rejoice and be glad in it.
I wonder how many times I miss the lessons, provision, and wonder of God because I’m the one who deems a day of the week to be good or not? I wonder if my attitude about today, my “can’t wait for the weekend” mentality can actually hinder and limit the work of God in my life? I actually believe it can…….
So where does that leave me? What actions can I put behind these realizations? There are a couple of things that God and I are working through as it relates to this scripture. First, gratitude cannot be a reflections of my feelings. Because no matter what I do, If I’m honest I still don’t “feel” Monday and I’m not sure anything can change that. I can, however, choose my attitude despite my feelings.
And I think there are times that God gives me the test of Monday to help me grow in my gratitude. Because at it’s core, gratitude is a choice.
The second thing God is teaching me is to have a “focus on today” mentality. By nature I am a planner and I am constantly looking ahead days and weeks in advance mentally. While yes, that can absolutely be a good trait to have the negative of it is that I can have a bit of a destination disease. Jesus clearly teaches that we are to focus on the potential of “today” and embrace it as opposed to “worrying about tomorrow.” There is a fine balance between planning for and worrying about tomorrow that I sometimes don’t work well. Embracing today, even if it’s Monday, helps me walk that balance.
Finally, tomorrow is never promised to me. As much as I want to assume that Friday will always come around that is a false assumption. Not to be morbid, but none of us are truly ever guaranteed tomorrow. We don’t know what’s around the corner. We can’t guarantee a perfect, straight arc for our week much less for our lives. Embracing “today”, even when it’s Monday, is the ultimate realization that I am never fully in control of my life and what happens to it.
Are these adjustments easy? Not at all! But God is teaching me to embrace today because THIS is the day God has made. Whether it’s Monday, Friday, or any other day of the week God has created it with full potential that I am to work!
And by embracing Gods creation, I embrace him as well.
Here’s to Monday.