“Yes, it’s Friday! I am looking forward to the weekend! I’m excited to sleep in and to see friends! It’s sad that the weekend ends so soon. I wish we didn’t have to start the week with a Monday…”
This is sadly the reaction of many people in our culture when Monday comes around. Maybe not word for word, but there is definitely a negative vibe. There is so much excitement expressed for "FRI-YAY" and the weekend, but when the week starts again, people hate reality. It’s not just something that people think and jokingly post about. People’s attitudes drastically change on Mondays. Why have we as a culture and a people grown to be ungrateful about a certain day? Is this reaction the right way to respond?
Recently, I gave a survey to some friends. I asked them to explain their reactions of Mondays and how it makes them feel. I asked what they dislike about it and why it creates a struggle. There are many that agreed Mondays are hard and that the struggle is real. Some mentioned that their motivation levels seem to be lower after the weekend. Others gave the impression that Mondays are hard because of the to-do lists at home and responsibilities of a large family.
Is it really that Monday is harder than other days? Or is it our perception? Are we choosing to be grumpy? School starts again, you might go back to the job you dislike, life at home may be overwhelming, or your to-do list may seem longer than the encyclopedia. We double up on the coffee to drown out the irritations and get through Monday. What if we took seriously the verse, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it?" We don’t know what will happen on Monday. It may be a hard day, but it’s important to realize that our attitudes affect a lot. We can’t control what happens, but we can control how we respond and how we treat others. Just because the culture thinks Mondays are mundane, should that change our attitude towards ourselves, others, and God?
I encourage you to take each and every day as an opportunity to encourage others. What could we do over the weekend to better prepare ourselves for the start of the week? What do we need to do differently to create a better Monday? Here are six ideas:
1. Before bed on Sunday, write down a to-do list for the coming week.
2. Start Monday morning off right with prayer and a protein filled breakfast.
3. Spend time with the Lord and be refreshed before your day gets going.
4. Listen to a sermon or uplifting music.
5. Write a note of encouragement or plan a way to bless someone this week.
6. Memorize Scripture throughout the day and speak Truth to yourself.
Let’s make Mundane Monday, Motivational Monday. We all have a choice. The weekend will come again, but let’s be the thankful generation that rejoices in whatever day it may be. Wake up on Monday with the comfort that you are loved and you are chosen. You are fully equipped to have a godly perspective today and to thank God more than to complain.