Tuesday's Thought

The Monday Cycle

So it’s Monday, again, and the army crawl through the first three days of the work week has begun, but does it have to be this way every single Monday? Were we created for something more?

If you happen to watch any amount of news media, it won’t be long before you’re feeling the same sense of hopelessness. Why is the world so messed up? Why can’t we just come to common sense solutions?

Or maybe like me, you started off this week with a trip to the grocery store. As you buzz around someone else with your cart, you say “excuse me” to be polite, you offer a smile to the other Monday shoppers, but for the most part, everyone else begrudgingly passes you by with a frown. Whatever happened to neighborly behavior or just polite greetings?

I’m not an incurable optimist–trust me–I see the negative. I have to work to find the brighter side of things. Mondays get me down. The news makes me worry, and a trip to the grocery store makes me want to slip back into a friendlier era. If only time machines existed, right?

But then I have to remind myself, God has placed me here with purpose. The world could be falling apart, but He’s working His plan. These people aren’t friendly, but God loves them anyway. Maybe they need a reason for joy.

As more caucus results come in and politics take the spotlight, relax. God’s got this. Remember He raises up leaders and allows others to fall. I’m not saying don’t vote. Please do. God expects us to use the resources available to us for His glory. Voting may not be physical, but it is a tool we can use to honor Him.

Don’t let the little or big things in life rob you of purpose or joy. God is an intentional being. He works through good and bad for His best and yours. If you believe His hands are capable, work to live life with joy. Can you imagine not knowing Him? You’d have few reasons to look forward to Mondays. You certainly would worry about the news and politics, and you probably wouldn’t smile much at the grocery store. Let’s start a movement of Christians who live life with freeing joy. Others would notice, and you’d have the opportunity to share the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). After all, it feels good to live with joy. So my readers, today is a good day to have a good day. Happy Monday!

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