Who loves Monday? Very few of us who have to get up early, fight our way through traffic and make it into work. Whether we are spending fun times with family/friends or doing chores/running errands our weekends tend to go by in a blur of activity. The questions as people arrive at their cubicles seem to be: “Where is the downtime between Friday and Monday exactly? Does it even exist?” Well of course it does … we just have to look for it and then maximise it!
I remember having this conversation with my mom several years ago. She could never understand why us ‘young people’ complained so much about being overworked, stressed out or feeling permanently tired. No matter how much I tried to explain that work as she knew it no longer existed; that with constant layoffs as a result of downsizing and reorganizing those left behind were expected to pick up the slack’ or go above and beyond to make sure the company they worked for stayed afloat; that with more and more people being afraid of being laid off the atmosphere in some offices was filled with fear and distrust; that many of us had more month than money – aka life was really really hard.
After much discussion, her conclusion was always the same: “Trust in God while doing your best to keep the faith, and never stop sharing what you have with others because there is always a silver lining in every situation.”
Who was I to argue? She had raised two children practically on her own and as I grew older I was always amazed at how she managed to put one foot in front of the other every single day without breaking down or losing her sanity.
And so I’ve tried to keep her words of advice close to my heart. Some days I make it, others I fail miserably … especially on Mondays … BUT if you’re struggling like me, here are the five things I encourage you to specifically remember:
- When we look up into a blue sky of white fluffy clouds or see a beautiful rainbow, let us remember: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
- When we are sad and grieving, let us remember: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, “Behold I make all things new.” ” Revelation 21:4-5 (NIV)
- When we think we can wait until tomorrow or next week or next month or next year to make that call or visit a loved one or spend quality time with family, let us remember: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
- When we want to ‘pay that person back because they wronged us’, let us remember: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 (NIV)
- When it looks as though we are on the road of life alone and that God has left us, let us remember: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
God will never let us walk this road of life alone. He will hold our hand when we are stressed, overworked, depressed and ready to give up. He will give us hope when it looks as though there is no hope. Aren’t you glad now that it’s Monday and you’re alive to see another week? I am 🙂