“I hate Mondays.” Check out social media any Monday morning, and you’re sure to be the recipient of photos of disheveled creatures resisting the onset of a new week, pleas for Monday to thwart its own arrival, and even some advice to cure “Monday blues.” Ironically, the truly dreadful thought would be the absence of Mondays. As Christians, our reaction to a Monday ought to be our reaction to a sunrise: embracing it with thankfulness, our eyes fixed on the moments that lie before us.
At Tall Oaks, morning prayer on a Monday in particular is an opportunity I take to remind students that God is a God of renewal and order. Just like a sunrise ushers in a new day, Monday ushers in a new week of work – work that is a privilege to have! The Lord has ordered our steps, and He delights when we embrace this path (Psalm 37:23), and Monday is part of this God-given order. We are reminded in I Corinthians 14:33 that God is not a God of disorder and confusion but rather a God of order and peace. Without a beginning, what have we? Monday is another gift from God in which to delight ourselves in the Lord. My encouragement to Tall Oaks students is to hold captive the temptation of a worldly response to Mondays, and to make that response obedient to the Lord. Entering the week with an often renewed disposition and thankful prayer not only pleases God, but it also reframes our minds to better understand who we are in Christ and make ordered plans our own coming actions of the week. In contrast, having a complaining or grumbling attitude robs us of the gift set in front of us: a box of good things wrapped in glittery Monday paper. It is easy to forget that Mondays are gifts. As a teacher at Tall Oaks, my job is not just teaching Lesson #45 and assessing Skill Drill #132; it’s helping students better know how great God is through something as simple as a Monday morning.
Romans 12:2 reminds us: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”