I love posting on Mondays! Why? Do you ask? Because Mondays to me are like standing at the bottom of a big hill thinking about how much my legs are going to hurt by the time I make it uphill to the weekend. And my sore legs still haven’t recovered from last week’s hike. Oh, and I also have a heavy backpack on my back, filled with the things I didn’t get done last week. I know you know the feeling. But, you say to yourself, “I just had church on Sunday and yet I’m starting off the week with a cold engine.”
Do you remember the book called The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper? Here is the summary from Goodreads (why this book got 4.1 out of 5 surprises me):
“The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/824204.The_Little_Engine_That_Could
At the end of this story, the little engine does make it up and over the hill and brings the toys safely into town. The engine would heave up the hill saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” As a kid, my heart would race as I turned each page. And, every time I read it thereafter, my heart would still race on certain pages even though I already knew how the story ended!
So, back to standing at the bottom of the hill…
We both know that psyching ourselves out with “I think I can!” just won’t cut it. We need more than willpower to take on what life brings our way. Oh, I have an idea! Why not just forget the uphill hike and take off the heavy backpack and crawl back into bed? But that’s not the answer.
Did you know? God did not intend for your week to be a hill in the first place.
Think Daily, not weekly
Matthew 6:34 says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. NLT
God wants you to look on Monday just like any other day. When you dwell on days ahead too long, things really start to stack up. Consequently, hills and walls are slowly created and you get fatigued spiritually, emotionally, and often physically. God has given you enough time in each day to do what he has called you to do. He even allows interruptions to barge in on His daily plan for you to remind you to depend on Him! We have to fill our calendars with meetings, appointments and activities weeks and even months ahead, and it stretches our brains out! We are forced to plan ahead on some things, but the word of God is where we are reminded to focus on “just today”. Our walk with Jesus is a daily walk, not a weekly, monthly or yearly one.
Resting while working
Sister, remember that your productivity or lack thereof does not influence the fervency in which God loves you! He delights in you and wants you to know that you can work with a rested heart. But stay “present in today” with Jesus! Take joy, knowing that Jesus has given you the mind and desire to please Him today. Whatever work you have on this Monday, do it knowing that you are serving His purposes!
Let’s pray (thoughtful words taken from Angela Thomas Guffey-author):
Lord, I know your love is deeper, lasts longer, and satisfies the hunger inside me. I want my relationship with you to be consistent and pure. I need oceans of strength and mountains of grace. I desperately need you, Jesus, not just hearing about You, reading about You, or singing about You. I need you, Son of God, to come and “do” the Bible in my life today. Lead me in the work I do today. This I ask in your precious name. Amen.