So, why am I excited?
Yes, I am caffeinated, but that is not the reason I am thrilled. I confess I am not generally happy with Monday’s arrival. However, I am reminded on this first Monday of 2019 of the daily renewal of God’s mercies (see Lam. 3:22-23). I need His mercy (especially on Mondays).
Today, I am heading back to the hustle of the second semester of school, but I have a positive outlook. It is my choice to rejoice. I could complain about the struggle of juggling parenting two active kids, shepherding a growing congregation, and teaching at the academy, but I embrace these opportunities. God has entrusted me with these opportunities. And I am humbled.
No, I am far from perfect and I am tempted to grumble when the schedule is full. On this first Monday, I shift my perspective from viewing my life as being busy to having a full life. The encounters of this day are not obstacles to overcome, but they are a means of grace I should not attempt to bypass. I am not advocating pie-in-the-sky-ism, for it is a balancing act. But this is the life God has given and I rejoice at the opportunity to live for His glory today. I cannot relive a single day. My verse for this Monday is Psalm 118:24. The Bible says, “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24, NASB). Lord, may this verse make its abode in my heart every day.
What about you? Are you living for God’s glory?