Monday, January 24, 2011

Overcoming the Monday Blues

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
      And the young men shall utterly fall,
      But those who wait on the LORD
      Shall renew their strength;
      They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
      They shall run and not be weary,
      They shall walk and not faint.  –Isaiah 40:30, 31 (NKJV)

Monday is always an interesting day for pastors.  Many of us feel worn out and tired on this day, mainly because we are exhausted from having given so much of ourselves to others on Sunday.  There is an old and sort of morbid joke among pastors that says, “Never resign on a Monday.” The thinking is that no matter how bad you feel on Monday, you will probably begin to feel better as the week goes on.  A number of my fellow pastors take Monday as their day off, but I find that doesn’t work for me.  Were I to take Monday off I would probably sit around and accomplish little.  I prefer instead to get right back in the saddle, so to speak, and seek a productive day no matter how tired I feel.  If I am going to take a day off Friday usually works the best. 

Is there a day of the week in which you feel more tired and run down than others?  Many people from all walks of life and different professions can relate to the “Monday blues.”   A good and relaxing weekend was enjoyed involving time with family, and then it all comes to a screeching halt on Monday morning.  Reality sets in as we get back into the normal work week.  It’s no wonder why Monday is associated with being a difficult day for a lot of people.  Consider today that through faith in Jesus Christ we can overcome those negative feelings that creep into our lives, whether they come on Monday or any other time.  Christ empowers us to rise up and move forward in the strength that He provides. 

The Word of God promises that the Lord will provide us with strength to move forward, and having obtained that divine strength we can then soar above the dark clouds that hover around us.  As the eagle flies high and with great power, so we as followers of Christ can be lifted above our distress to spiritual victory.  God knows when we struggle and He understands that we sometimes are distressed.  Look to the Lord and claim the strength that He has promised. 

Spiritual victory and blessed strength can be claimed today in Jesus.

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