Most people I know get that Monday morning blues. It’s back to work after a few days of enjoying rest and family times. However great your job might be – it often feels like an unpleasant interruption and most people just don’t look forward to it. Add to that the fact that some really have a hard time at work (colleagues, bosses, tasks) or those for whom ‘work’ is just a financial means of getting bills paid.
As a pastor – it’s similar yet very different. The weekend is the pinnacle of business in my week. Monday, very often, means an assault of introspective and self-critical army of thoughts and feelings (some from me, some from others). If it was a fantastic weekend and you felt ‘spiritually high’ – it is very likely that you will ‘come down’. That’s why for me, it is possibly the time of the week when I feel most vulnerable.
Therefore, I suggest that we need to push back either the sense of drudgery, frustration or unhealthy introspection. I often need a Monday Morning Restoration – a time to reflect and refocus both my feelings and attitudes.
I am reminded of Daniel’s great endeavor to work in such a way as to please and represent God in and through his workplace:
‘Daniel showed that he could do the work better than the other supervisors and governors, so the king planned to put Daniel in charge of the whole kingdom.’ Daniel 6:3
He worked in exile as a POW who was ineffectively brainwashed and used. He faced a very hostile and unfamiliar context, yet he maintained his identity. I know it doesn’t always work like that but I still desire to have an attitude like that, regardless of the outcome (success).
I believe that God is always looking for people with whom He can partner in bringing out His purposes in this world. Are you willing, in your context, with your talents – willing to say ‘yes’ to His invitation?
In the next few Mondays, as God helps me, I will attempt to bring some encouraging reflections on how to make most of our workplaces.
Spirit of God, I thank you for the gift of life today. As I face a week that is ahead of me , I know that is filled with both dreams and fears. Please give me the inspiration and strength to make my work an act of worshiping you and encouraging those around me.