Mondays Can Be Awesome!

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img-thing‘ve never understood the widespread aversion to Mondays. But I do understand that the phenomenon is quite real.

Statistics show that more suicides occur on Mondays, that more sick days are taken on Mondays, that more break-ups happen on Mondays, and that work-related productivity is markedly low.

I even read one article referencing research that concludes: “Mondays are even more depressing that we thought. On average we don’t crack our first smile until 11:16 am.”

Various interventions are recommended to deal with the problem, including this gem of advice from a British newspaper. “According to the study, the best way to beat those Monday blues is by indulging in activities like watching television, having sex, online shopping, buying chocolate or make-up, or planning a holiday.”

Believe me, we can do better than that!

CURE: I could go on, but I don’t think any of us needs any additional information to bolster the “Mondays are uniformly regarded as difficult” premise we’re discussing.

What does warrant some consideration, however, is my alternate contention that “Monday Rocks!” Fact is, today has the potential to be consistently awesome and – in truth – Monday presents us with a unique opportunity to invite others into the awesomeness that is “The Life-Charged Life.

I’ll try to write short version of how I’m thinking, and it’s all based on my weekend reading of the entire Gospel of Mark.

SCRIPTURE: Here’s one passage (Mark 6) that – I believe – brings this conversation together. It comes from the beginning of chapter six:

[Jesus] left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

The key ideas are, “[They] were astounded!” and “They took offense at him.”

COUNTERCULTURAL: The word “astounded” comes up all the time during Mark’s account of Jesus. Jesus said things and did things that totally knocked people’s socks off.

  • Jesus entered a world where power was defined by brute force and leadership by coercion. His response? He offered power in weakness and became a servant leader.
  • Jesus was born in a culture where human misery was attributed to the gods’ displeasure, and – in response – he offered a God of compassion who literally touched the untouchable.
  • Jesus moved in a religious milieu where adherents sought to earn divine favor by slavishly observing harsh rules and judging one-another without mercy. But he said “If you feel burdened by guilt and religious requirements, come to me; I’ll give you rest for your troubled souls.”
  • Jesus shared his wisdom in the local synagogue, where leaders routinely put others down, and tried to make themselves look important. The people couldn’t help but notice the contrast, “They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1)….
  • Jesus was/is at large in a world that is defined by such negative ideas as “Monday Sucks,” and “Why bother….” But – instead – Jesus offers “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you” (Mark 5:19).

Point being, Jesus turns things upside down. The Jesus Way consistently leaves the world astounded. When the world gets astounded, and then turned upside down, the world often takes offense.

KICK MONDAY’s DERRIERE: My conclusion, then, is to invite Jesus to turn our Mondays upside down. Jesus, in partnership with you, is more than willing to kick Monday’s patootie – and then take on the rest of the week too.

In Confidence – DEREK

2 thoughts on “Mondays Can Be Awesome!

  1. Carleene Hubbard

    Derek, I concur in your assessment of Mondays. I rarely find them onerous. The reason I think many struggle with it is that they’ve enjoyed their weekend and don’t really want to return to a difficult or disliked, unchallenging or even a too-challenging ‘work environment.’ So many feel stuck in dead-end or hard work environments, and/or worry they won’t even keep a job in this economic climate. For many, it’s just that hard to trust God to care for us and bring good out of yukky situations.

    I also believe you know by now that I very much appreciate your blog and your varied ministries. You really “get it” and communicate the Christ-following faith winsomely well. I’ve gained many fine insights and learned much from many of them. Many of us are hoping that you will come to the Jax area and speak @ Geneva Pres ‘ere long. I’m told you did so sometime before we moved here 3 years ago. Jesse’s said that you might do so again. Please do come soon! Our evolving men’s ministry can always use a shot in the arm. I like what I hear is happening there, all be it slowly. We have some small groups meeting, and at least our Wed. night group is becoming more exciting all the time.

    However, please permit me to issue a little sister-in-Christ accountability call. I am saddened by what I deem crude language in the ending of your blog today: “Kick Monday’s B___”. It really was not necessary. I never accepted my daughters’ nor son’s use of that word in my presence. In my old-fashioned world,’ men never used such words in the presence of a lady, and I like being a lady — or strive mightily to be one publicly and privately. Your vocabulary is too vast to have needed it. Moreover, you wrote that we should strive to live counter-culturally, though affirmingly. I certainly agree.

    Thanks for hearing this in the spirit I which I write it. I’m not thinking any less of you as a caring and Godly churchman, hubby, dad and granddad, nor of your work for Him. I’m just disappointed that you felt the need to hook interest in this manner.

    Blessings as you continue to be a well-seasoned and effective leader in all the avenues God’s calling you! I’m praying that He continues to hone your gifts and open many more servant doors.

    Carleene Hubbard

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    1. Thanks, Carleene!

      Always good to hear from you. And especially good to hear encouraging words from the faith community at Geneva. That place is often soaked in prayer from our home.

      Congratulations on being the first to pick on my “Kicking Monday’s Butt” phrase! You are only first because my mother is on a cruise and unable to get on the Internet until next week!

      I take your words in the positive spirit in which they’re shared. Rebekah and I were always strict with our kids regarding appropriate language, and when I taught school I never had the really bad words because I drew the line well ahead of them. But I’m of the opinion that “butt” is on the level of “derriere,” “Patootie,” and “rear.”

      However, out of respect, I’m going to change it.

      Peace and blessings – DEREK

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