It is no secret that I am not overly fond of Mondays. I apologize if that disappoints you, but I have never liked Mondays. Thanks to The Bangles 1986 hit, Manic Monday, I have even had a theme song to serve as permission for me to dislike Mondays. Yet, Mondays do not give me a free pass, so I have been forced to adjust my outlook over the years, put on my big-boy pants, and forge out into the world of adulthood. Here is my 3-step recipe for how I commence to putting the hurt on the Monday menace:
I open up my Bible and ask the Lord to straighten out my attitude before I ruin somebody’s day.
Trusting God to energize my fatigued frame, fill my empty mind, breathe into my windless spirit and unclog my constipated communication ability…I submit my limitations to His strength.
His word begins to correct my thinking, orient my emotions, clarify my perspeective…and I start to actually feel saved again.
It works every time. Here’s what He gave me this morning to keep me from violently shredding my Monday:
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” – Isaiah 40:29
Since God has promised for eternity to give power and increased strength to those of us who find ourselves faint and without might, I have decided to believe Him, and welcome Him to recalibrate me. I’m grateful that God is bigger than you and me in ways that are constantly unfolding before us. It is not that God has been found insufficient; it is that few have leaned upon Him in complete abandonment to say, “It’s all on you today, Father. I’ve nothing to offer.” Believe it or not, He blesses this attitude in us when it comes from an honest heart, weary along the journey. God doesn’t chide or scoff at such weakness – He ordains it so that we will turn to Him when Monday scowls at us…or any other day for that matter.
So go ahead and confess your weaknesses, bad attitudes, demotivated spirit and listless confidence. But don’t stop there. Make sure when you have acknowledged out all that is lacking in you, that you attach an invitation for God to remedy what you have just confessed.
Trust His character, His heart and His commitment to you.
Believe His book.
Walk in His truth whether you “feel it” today or not.
Father is always ready. He is always able. He is eager to infuse with strength anyone who leans hard upon Him.
He’s God, seven days a week.
And, yes, that would include Mondays too.
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