“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Monday was a particularly difficult day at work this past week. Not only for me, but for many of my colleagues. We were each rushing back and forth from our desks checking on things, responding to various challenges via email, and returning calls to clients with pressing needs. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another – all morning long!
“It’s Monday!” I heard someone say, as someone else nodded in agreement while passing by. I heard the “It’s Monday!” phrase several other times that morning. Are all Mondays really this hectic and problematic?
Back at my desk again, I paused briefly to think about Mondays. Why does it have such a bad rap for being the most frustrating day of the week? Does it have to be that way? Couldn’t it somehow change and be known for being a good day of the week?
That’s when I saw it! Right there on my own wall. My sister-in-law, Joanne, had given the plaque to me several years ago. I read the inscription on the framed glass fixture and smiled.
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
“Thank you, Lord!” I said out loud, still smiling.
It’s certainly a well-known scripture verse. We use to sing a song for many years using that very verse. Yet, it never made more sense than it did right then!
God has made and given each day to us as a gift. Mondays may be full of drama, but we can still choose to be glad and rejoice in it despite what’s going on around us. The scripture verse says, “We will . . . ” It’s all a matter of reexamining our own attitudes and then making a willful choice to deal with each situation in a way that can positively impact the kingdom and those around us while glorifying God in the process.
That was all I needed! Already, the day seemed to be a little brighter.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for reminding me that it’s all about the choices I have before me. I do choose to rejoice and be glad. Amen.