This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I really do. When I was teaching, my students dreaded Mondays because I would come in singing. I have more power and energy on Mondays than on any other day.
Think about it. Monday is a beginning of a whole new week. We have been given another chance to make a difference, to earn income to support ourselves and our families, and to show forth the gifts of God. Mondays truly are great days!
What really appeals to me most about Mondays, though, is the whole idea of starting over. All the stuff from last week still might be relevant – but today we have a chance to get back to work after a weekend of clearing our minds and souls. A couple of days away from our labors often can give us the chance to take a second look at things, to reevaluate our priorities, and put plans into actions. Friday we went home beaten and bowed. Today we can regain our footing and go forward.
To follow Christ really means to be a Monday person. The sins of the past are last week’s news. Our Sunday of worship – including repentance and renewal – is behind us. But today is when Moses has to come down from the mountain and get to work. Today is the day after the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to begin their trek in the promised land. Yesterday we were told to go out and make disciples of all nations. Today we need to do it. And even though we might have spent many weeks as slaves to sin, the sun rises this morning to the first day of our new life in Jesus Christ.
Monday truly is a great day!
Arise, the kingdom is at hand,
The King is drawing nigh;
Arise with joy, thou faithful band,
To meet the Lord most high!
Look up, ye souls, weighed down with care,
The Sovereign is not far;
Look up, faint hearts, from your despair,
Behold the Morning Star!