We all get it – Mondays are challenging. I thought we might could use a few reminders to get our workweek off on the right foot (unless you’re a lefty, then maybe this will get you off on the left foot??).
1. Today is a gift. It is the Lord’s will that we saw at least this much of our Monday.
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:14-15).[/box]
The gift of a new day has been given to us by a patient, loving God, who wants everyone to be saved.
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).[/box]
2. Today is a blessing. The Bible says that God’s blessings are new every morning – even on Mondays!
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lam. 3:22-24)[/box]
3. Today is an opportunity. It’s your opportunity to be the salt of the earth, that is, to make the earth a better place (Mat. 5:13). It’s your opportunity to be a light (Mat. 5:14-16). Today is your opportunity to tell someone about Jesus (Mat. 28:19-20). It’s another opportunity to please God by your devotion to Him (Eccl. 12:13).
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world (Phil. 2:14-15).[/box]
4. Today is about God. I know that yesterday was the Lord’s day. That’s a day of worship to God (John 4:23-24). It’s a day of remembrance of our Savior and His great sufferings (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23-27). However, I think we did something wrong yesterday if we weren’t motivated all the more to live right today (By the way, the preacher, the song leader, prayer leader, or Scripture reader isn’t necessarily to blame if you didn’t come away from worship refreshed and renewed. That’s a very personal thing). Everything exists to bring God glory (Rev. 4:11).
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. … And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col. 3:17, 23-24).[/box]
May He be pleased today by our stewardship of His blessings.
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