Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. – 1 John 3:18
A few months ago we did a series called “I love Mondays.” Let’s be honest… loving Mondays isn’t easy. In fact, it almost seems human nature to despise Mondays. The weekend is over and it’s “back to the grind.” We drag ourselves out of bed after hitting snooze far too many times. We roll in right at 9:00 AM to an overwhelming list of things to do, a messy desk, a disgruntled boss, and the same mundane routine.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2
Let’s intentionally do on Mondays.
First and foremost, intentionally be positive on Mondays! When we think about Mondays as I described above, no wonder we hate them! Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” It doesn’t matter how much you do if your attitude is all wrong. Would the people have flocked to Jesus if He had been a jerk? It was His compassion that attracted people to Him.
Let’s think differently about Mondays and change our attitude. Start the morning off well by reading scripture. Ask God to give you the fruit of the Spirit as you begin a new week and to open your eyes to the needs of those around you. Maybe even put a happy tune as your alarm. Something like this…
Ok… maybe not that one.
Help your family love Mondays by giving them something to look forward to. Put something extra special in your kid’s lunch on Mondays, like a small toy, encouraging note, or sweet treat. Send your spouse a funny (or sexy) selfie. Create a simple but fun tradition for Monday evenings, like ordering pizza and watching a TV show in sleeping bags on the floor.
Be a light at work by intentionally doing on Mondays. Since everyone is already dreading the day, even the smallest gesture can make a huge impact. Make it a habit to bring muffins for everyone on Monday morning. Post an inspiring or funny quote where everyone clocks in. Intentionally ask your boss or teammate how you can help him succeed this week. Have a creative spirit? Come early and decorate the employee break room before everyone arrives. One week it could just be a vase with some bright flowers and another a fluffy rug with a big comfy chair.
If you have one, wear your “I love Mondays” shirt. It’s a great conversation starter and will help hold you accountable. And it makes Sunday nights a lot less stressful because you already know what you’re going to wear.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. – Jesus, John 13:35
Let’s be known as a body who loves well! How will you be intentional this upcoming Monday?