Two weeks ago, Kentucky got the storm of the decade. One week ago, life was back to normal. That Monday, college students all over the state of Kentucky once again hit snooze, rolled out of bed, and trudged their way back to class. “Momma said there’d be days like this.”
It’s no secret that Monday is the hardest day of the week. There are 52 of them each year, and over a lifetime that adds up to around 3,744 Mondays (over 10 years of your life). Most people do their best to survive these days and end up hating those 10 years of their life. So how do we thrive in the Mondays (and every other hard day, for that matter)?
We have to remember two things:
1.) On Monday, I will trust and rest in the greatness of God
Monday brings with it new uncertainties. God is omniscient (all-knowing). We will never completely know what the new week will bring. God knows the little details, like every hair on your head (Matthew 10:30) and the big details, including every star in the sky (Psalm 147:4). He knows what Monday will bring.
Monday also brings with it new responsibilities. God is omnipresent (everywhere at once). God is outside of time, not inside of time like us. He is both the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8). Nothing will surprise Him on Monday because He is already there.
But Monday also brings with it new problems. God is omnipotent (all-powerful). God not only knows about Monday, and is already there, but he alone is powerful enough to deal with all that we might face in the new week. Whatever problems Monday will bring, God is bigger than those problems. He is powerful enough to fix, to mend, and to save.
Mondays are the worst part of the week because we want to know it all, we want to be everywhere at once, and we want to fix it all. Except Monday gives us more than we can possibly handle because our human limitations. We can’t handle Monday; but God can and will. Trust and rest in His greatness.
2.) On Monday, I will enjoy and pursue the goodness of God
God is not only great: He is good. This is seen most clearly in the loving sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Have you noticed lately how special it is to be alive? That God has made you alive? That all we deserve is punishment for sin, but today all we get is grace because of Christ? It is not enough to see God’s greatness; you must also come alive to the life that God has so richly given you.
To come alive is waking up on Monday morning and being amazed that you have fresh air in your lungs and a heart beating in your chest. It’s looking out your window at the sun in the sky, and say “God did it again!” It’s thinking about all of the good things in your life: grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, hope, peace, and joy, and knowing they all came from the goodness of God. You get to spend the rest of your life enjoying this goodness and bending it out to people who desperately need it. Instead of worrying about all the things you can’t handle on a Monday morning, enjoy and pursue this goodness with the people around you.
It’s truly an amazing thing to be alive in this world. It’s even more amazing that the same great God that created this world is good to us.
As it says in the book of Lamentations, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’"
Living becomes an awesome business when you realize you spend every moment of your life with the great goodness of God Almighty. That should get you through life...or at least until the alarm goes off next Monday.