Monday, May 13, 2013

That Monday Morning Feeling

'Tell me why I don't like Mondays' sang the Boomtown Rats in 1979. It seems that ever since, Mondays have been getting a bad press. The weekend is over, the working week begins again, the opportunity to have a couple of days to yourself is as far away as ever.

Perhaps it's just more prevalent these days with a certain sort of picture that does the rounds on Facebook. You know the sort - Sunday evening, and you see this:

And so it continues, only being surpassed by the Monday morning images:

as well as others that I would prefer not to post...

So why do we not like Mondays? What can we do about it?

Mondays seem to be the day after the weekend before. For many, it's the start of the week, back to responsibilities and work - after all the 'weekend' is over. So we must be starting a new week? Right?

Perhaps if we were to return to what the Bible teaches, that Monday morning feeling wouldn't be just so bad. There we discover that Mondays aren't the first day of the week. The first day of the week is Sunday, the Lord's Day, the first day of creation and the first day of re-creation in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. So rather than Sunday being the weekend, it's the start of a new week.

How good it is (as far as you're able) to give the first day of your week to the Lord, gathering with his people, hearing his word, to set you up for the rest of the week that's just beginning. Would that transform your mournful Monday into a more joyful experience, with what you've learned and experienced on Sunday being applied on Monday morning?

Besides which, every morning when we awake, even a Monday morning, is a fresh gift of God's good grace to us. The new day starts out only by God's will and pleasure. As we discover the Lord's presence with us, no day need be like those being touted on Facebook.

Happy Monday, and may you know the Lord's presence with you as you continue this week!

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