I know that most people hate Mondays. It is the day when the bliss of the weekend that was collides into the rat-race of the week that will be. It proves for a difficult transition for most of us.
As a pastor, Mondays are different. There have been times that I have had Mondays off. You might think that being off on Monday would be easier. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it is not.
You see Monday can be an awesome day for those of us in the ministry, or it can be an awful day. (There are jokes pastors make about driving by the church on a Monday morning and throwing a brick through the window of the church with a resignation letter attached to it… No lie!)
I think the reason our Mondays seem to be bi-polar is because you never know what a Sunday will bring. One week, it will feel like God is moving, the seats are filled, the music goes off without a hitch, and the sermon really resonates with people. The next week, the projector goes out, the pastor gets approached with an “issue” just before walking on stage, and the pastor isn’t sure if anyone is even awake during the service.
On the weeks when nothing goes right, Sunday night and Monday can be some of the darkest days in ministry. Over the years I have spoken to other pastors and it seems to be a shared phenomenon, as the joke about throwing the brick the window seems to validate.
Yesterday I had a case of the Mondays…
I have found that for me, there are only a couple ways to deal with them. First, I always remember the day I had a real sense that God was calling me to preach. That is the bedrock that keeps me doing what I do in the “Mondays” of my life.
The second, and I think this one applies to all of us, I try to turn my focus away from WHO I AM, and back to WHO GOD IS… It is amazing to me that when I focus on God and WHO HE IS, I begin to realize that he is more than enough. If I am held in God’s hand, I am secure. I have all that I need. The result of this realization is peace.
So on this Tuesday I pick up my text for next week and find these words from Matthew 6:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Every day has enough trouble, especially Mondays, but when we learn to seek the Kingdom and rest in God’s goodness, we find God to even be enough for the “Mondays” we all walk through.
Just a thought,