I have many childhood memories of that crazy cat Garfield constantly moaning about how he hated Mondays; that mindset and culture has seeped into our lives, (beyond the cat community) and we generally start our week longing for the weekend!
I guess this comes from the stark contrast between our work and our play. We can’t handle the difference, and If we don’t find joy in our work, then Monday will be hard.
It seems like such a waste doesn’t it? God gave us 7 glorious days; 6 to work and 1 to rest. All to be done as unto the Lord and for His glory. Yet we value 1 (or 2 at a stretch) but the other 5 seem to be kept in the dark.
The book ‘The Practice of the Presence of God‘, contains interviews and letters from a man named Brother Lawrence. He was not a religious professional; he was one of the laymen who lived alongside the monks who inspired and provided support for those in the community through his attitude to his work and its place in his life.
In his business in the kitchen (to which he had naturally a great aversion), having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of God, and with prayer, upon all occasions, for His grace to do his work well, he found everything easy during the fifteen years that he had been employed there.
He spent much of his time in the kitchen; peeling potatoes was more essential for Brother Lawrence’s spiritual growth than attending the evening prayer service because Brother Lawrence recognised that God was there in the kitchen as much as he was in the chapel.
Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!
― David Dweck
If we have the right perspective about our work, no matter how menial or mundane it may seem, our daily activities can shape our characters and change our lives (and the lives of those around us).
Monday is an opportunity to press the restart button, shape our week and allow transformation to take place through our heart and mindset towards our work. Whether you’re tackling life in the home and mountains of laundry or happen to be the CEO of a large corporation – your work is holy and meaningful.
The prayers we weave into the matching of socks, the stirring of oatmeal, the reading of stories, they survive fire.
― Ann Voskamp