It’s Monday!

It’s Monday!

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?

Author: Kevin W. Bounds

Kevin W. Bounds (B.S. Bible and Theology, Lee University) serves as the pastor of West Green Baptist Church in West Green, Georgia. He is the teacher of Biblical Literature at Citizens Christian Academy in Douglas, GA. He is married to Amber, and they have two children.

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