A Bad Case of the Mondays

I woke up this morning and, as my custom, immediately checked my phone. I answered text messages, deleted some emails, and then proceeded to Instagram, to mindlessly look at some photos before actually starting my day. But today I noticed a large number of posts bashing Monday with phrases such as “So Monday… We meet again” or “Can we start the weekend over again? I wasn’t ready…”. This caused me to ask the question:

What’s so bad about Mondays?

 Then I remembered, it’s the day most people go back to work after having 1-2 days of freedom to do other things. For many of us, Monday means squeezing back into uncomfortable professional clothing or a disdainful uniform, answering the endless barrage of emails and phone calls and dealing with people who are just as unhappy as we are. It’s become engrained in our society that we’re to hate Mondays, that Wednesdays are going to be hard because it’s the middle of the week, and that Fridays are great because it means sweet freedom from the cage of corporate America.

But does it have to be that way? What if we changed our perspective about Mondays? In Psalm 118, David recorded “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice today and be glad”. For all we know, David could’ve written that on a Monday or a Tuesday or a Thursday, because the quality of the day itself was unimportant when compared to the goodness of God who made the day. What would our world look like if we lived with the same attitude as David, rejoicing in the day the Lord made, regardless of circumstance, because He is worthy of praise? What if, instead of labeling it an inconvenience or dream squelcher, we began seeing Mondays as an opportunity?

If Mondays are so hard, isn’t this the day encouragement is needed the most? 

Let’s be the type of people who ask others about their weekend, their hobbies, and their families. If someone is having a rough day, let’s be the ones who are willing to go the extra mile to brighten their day, even if it’s just a little bit. If Mondays suck as much as the internet makes them out to, it’s the perfect opportunity to share hope and joy in a real way. On the days when positivity is needed most, Christ-followers are the ones perfectly positioned to share.

No matter what this week has in store for you, choose to make it a good one by being kind to yourself and others. When you need to, take a few moments to encourage yourself so that you’re able to share with others who might be needing it. Let’s be willing to go the extra mile for those who might be in need of a little encouragement. I believe kindness and encouragement can go a long way in curing a bad case of the Mondays!

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