Mondays Don’t Have to be Dreadful!

Mondays Get a Bad Rap

Bored aginYou know the feeling.  We drag into work, exhausted from the weekend, and head straight for the coffee pot to refill the mug of coffee we drank on the way to work.  Monday…

We are grumpy, out of sorts, droopy-eyed, and a general blessing to be around.  Monday…

Why?  Why are Mondays such a traditionally bad day?

Is it because it is the start of a work week?

Is it because instead of rest and worship on Sunday we spent the day in pursuits completely void of the rest we so desperately needed?

I confess I have not always enjoyed Mondays, but when I think about it, I am not exactly sure why.  Maybe it was just because so many other people said it was a bad day. Maybe I just wanted to fit in.  When I think about it, maybe Mondays have gotten a bad rap all these years.

We can change that!

3 Reasons Mondays Should be Great!

Yes, I said great!  If you are Christian; if you are a church member; if your church preaches from,and believes in the Word of God, then your Mondays have the potential to be awesome!  Here’s why:

1. Because we spent the previous day in fellowship with other believers.

Yes!  I love the family of God.  Our church offers Sunday school, morning worship, and an evening service.  I cannot tell you the joy that comes from spending the day in fellowship with other Christians.  The smiles, the laughter, the commonality, the sense of community; it all works to refresh my heart and soul.

We can show up to work on Monday refreshed, and ready to tackle the day if we enjoyed the fellowship of other believers the day before.

2. Because we spent the previous day in worship and praise.

Sometimes, our blah’s come, not from our physical fatigue, but from the fatigue of a tired and run down spirit.  Do you know that feeling?

A day spent in the worship and praise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can do wonders to refresh our spirits.

file0001574867891I love the testimonies of God’s people in our Sunday evening service.  There are smiles, and energy.  Many of the testimonies revolve around what God did in their heart during the morning service.  After the evening service, people will stand around and talk for nearly an hour!  They don’t look like people who are exhausted and ready to fall asleep.

Worship and praise will refresh your spirit.  Then Mondays won’t be a drag.  Instead, you can go to work, or get up and face a day of housework with a fresh heart.  We are not depleted.  We are energized!

3. Because we have truth to be lived out in our lives.

The blessing of God’s Word is that It speaks directly to our lives where we are.  It is not an outdated book or cultural insignificance.  It is, in reality, the eternal Word of God.  It speaks to my life.  It instructs me.

1 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works

If you were happen to be at Second Baptist yesterday, you would have heard Biblical truth that could be applied first thing Monday morning!  Going to work, for the believer, is not only an opportunity to provide for our families and pay our mortgages.  It is also an opportunity to live out God’s truth in our lives and in the view of the lost and saved alike!

I hope you have the chance to attend a Bible believing, Bible preaching church.  If you do, then Mondays are exciting.  They are the first chance in the week to put the truth we have heard into practice in our lives!  That is awesome!

It is Your Choice

Mondays don’t have to be horrible.  No one can force you to have a bad day.  Take a look at the three reasons I have listed above.  Are they true in your life? If not, maybe we should consider an adjustment.  What do you think?

Strengthen the Things that Remain

Inside Out

That is how God sees us.  He sees our inside as if it was the outside.  Nothing is hidden, no matter how much we try to disguise it.

The church at Sardis had a name in the community for being alive, and yet they were dead.  God instructed John to write to them and turn them inside out.

I wonder sometimes how many churches today would fare if they were turned inside out.  What if we were known as God knows us.  What if we were turned inside out?

Things That Are Ready to Die

early-section6Among the things God said to the church at Sardis was to strengthen the things that remained, that were ready to die.  Isn’t that interesting?  Over the years, several things had died in this church, but there was still some life left. God’s instructions were to take special care to tend to those things.

Many times, we see churches in this situation. Over the years, for various reasons, things may die.  Ministries cease.  Fires go out.  Many times, a church ceases to be alive long before their name in the community catches up.

I wonder that God did not tell them what to do with the dead things.  Perhaps this is because we are responsible for what is alive, but only God can raise things back to life.

Tending to Life

As a church, as well as individual Christians, perhaps we can take some instruction from God’s words to Sardis.  Perhaps we should take inventory of our lives, and our ministries, and focus on the life that remains.  If these things are not tended to, they may die.

H13-1 NecrosisIt takes a lot of work to plant new life.  It is impossible to raise the dead in our own strength.  We  should certainly seek to see new life develop, but I wonder about those things which still exist, but are ready to die?  Why let those things go?

Sometimes a little pruning, a little fertilizing, a little watering and tender care, and before you know it the plant is healthy again.

Trusting God

I believe that God still desires to use us today.  Are we perfect? Not by a long shot!  Have some things died?  Absolutely.  Do we have areas of the garden that need tending to?  You bet!  Are we up for the challenge?  Bring it on!

file0001194685941Let’s take an inventory of our lives and ministries.  Lets pray, and work, and believe like never before.  Let’s trust God to raise those dead things back to life, and let’s get busy tending the things that are still alive. Doing so will take constant effort, as well as a working strategy.  In my opinion, that strategy is as follows:

  • Focus on where the life is.  Look at your life.  Look at your church.  Where is the life?  Even if it is barely there, can you see it?  That is the focus.
  • Cut away the dead stuff.  Sometimes you have to trim away the dead branches and clean out the dead leaves before you can really assess what needs to be done.  Failure to do some necessary pruning can hinder the growing process.
  • Provide proper nourishment.  Sometimes plants just need a little more sun.  Sometimes they need more water, or some specialized plant food. When you are trying to bring a plant back from the brink of death, you need to provide specialized care.  If we are too aggressive, or not aggressive enough, we may fail.  The same is true in our spiritual lives, and in the spiritual life of a church.  Take some time and really figure out what is needed, and then focus on meeting that need.
  • Seek guidance from a master gardener.  Remember, our lives and ministries belong to the Lord.  He knows exactly what is needed, and in what doses.  When in doubt, ask for His help.  In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for His help, even when we think we know exactly what is needed.  Doing so reminds us to whom the ministry belongs.

Where there is life there is hope.  It is my desire to see the Lord transform my life and ministry. Therefore, I want to take stock of the things in my life or ministry that may need some focused attention.  Let me encourage you to do the same!