What is it about a Monday? When you hear someone utter the word Monday it is almost thought of as a curse word. Something one should not speak of. The thing about Monday’s is that one occurs every 7 days. You would think we would be prepared for Monday as we know it it coming however, it sneaks up on us like a thief in the night and steals our joy and our maybe even our faith. (Or so it seems because of how we act!)
Maybe your like a very good friend of mine and LOVE Mondays because it is a big fat reset button for the week. If you are, I am so very thankful for you. You encourage people like me to think about it as a fresh start. But if your like me and Monday is a struggle because you are still hanging onto Sunday, you need to know there is hope to overcome the doldrums that come along with Monday. Don’t get me wrong.
Not all Mondays are bad, actually mostly they are good. Filled with laughter, good books, and mundane moments. However, when that “typical Monday” arises it is fierce and rolls in with a vengeance. This past Monday was a “typical Monday” after a day of dealing with whining, bickering, bad attitudes (mine included), slothfulness, and just a general blah sort of day I was ready to throw in the towel. We had covered the gamut of “love one another, put on kindness, be patient, be gentle, etc” and I was done, tapping out, crying uncle, turning in my pink slip, done. D-O-N-E. Done. Knowing God’s mercies are new every morning it was bedtime and I was looking forward to Tuesday.
When I sat down to read the word that night I opened my Bible to Colossians 3:12-17 and was confronted with the living and active word of God. I was convicted of my sin and called to repent.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
On this “typical Monday” I had forgotten who God is and who He has called me to be. To fight back Mondays, or any day for that matter, I need to remember who God is and who He has called me to be. I need to remember I am a chosen one, I am to be holy, and I am loved. I need to have a compassionate heart, be kind, be humble, be meek, and have patience. I need to bear with my children, I need to forgive them as Christ Jesus has forgiven me. I need to walk in love (remember love is is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things) knowing that through the love of Christ there is harmony and the peace of Christ can rule and reign in my life. This will cause me to be thankful. When I let the word of God dwell in me I can teach and admonish with wisdom, encourage with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs which will cause me (hopefully us) to overflow with thankfulness.
I can do these things because of what God has done in my life through Christ. At the end of the day I realized I threw my faith out the window the minute the bickering started. I began looking to my solutions not God’s. I pulled out my best parenting techniques rather than resting in the grace of God and extending that same grace to my children.
Fighting back Mondays means looking to Jesus the author and perfector of my faith and resting in His good work.
Fighting back Mondays means having a compassionate heart.
Fighting back Mondays means being kind.
Fighting back Mondays means being humble.
Fighting back Mondays means being meek.
Fighting back Mondays means being patient.
Fighting back Mondays means bearing with one another.
Fighting back Mondays means forgiving one another.
Fighting back Mondays means walking in love.
Fighting back Mondays means letting the peace of Christ rule.
Fighting back Mondays means being saturated with God’s word so that it overflows into my days.
Fighting back Mondays means being thankful.
Friends, there is beauty in the battle, join me in fighting back Mondays!