“Monday” and “life is good” just don’t always seem to go together, do they?
Our family has a staggered exit strategy in the mornings. Most of the time, Lea Ann takes Victoria to school then goes to work. Emma, Brandon and I leave a little later, since Emma’s school starts 30 minutes after Victoria’s. We get ready in shifts–the early crew does their thing, then the rest of us get into gear as they are heading out the door.
Well, this morning, I hit the snooze one extra time. It wasn’t enough to make us late, by any means, but I could have hit it a few more times. (For those of you who don’t know me, I am NOT a morning person. At all.) I was moving a little slow this morning, but we got ready, and away we went. Dropped Emma off, dropped Brandon off, came to the office. Back to the grind for everyone. Well, except for Brandon–per his usual routine, he gets to play and eat all day and the grandparents. Not what I would call a grind.
If you’re my age (pushing and shoving against 40), you’re probably familiar with a song called “Manic Monday” by the Bangles. It laments the start of another work week, running late, facing the general malaise or frantic rush that accompanies Monday mornings, and wishing for Sunday. Technically, I work on Sunday, so that’s really my “Manic” day, I suppose. Regardless, here I sit, facing the computer monitor and slaving away over my desk. Back to the grind, as it were.
But I love the grind. I love my job. I love the people that work for me. I love the people we work for here at Riverside Baptist Church. I love living in the upstate of South Carolina, at the foot of the mountains. I have a beautiful wife who works 5 minutes away, who I can call on the phone or even ride over to her office anytime I want. I have kids that told me they loved me, and meant it, as they started their day. I had a great weekend, both in the mountains and at church yesterday. We have Judgement House–one of the biggest outreaches we do at RBC, which the last two years resulted in nearly 300 people giving their hearts and lives to Christ–this coming weekend, and I’m excited about that. I have far more to be thankful for than I do to gripe about.
I’ve warned our folks who are involved in Judgement House this coming weekend to expect difficulties this week–you can’t expect to share the Good News of Christ with over 1,000 people in a focused outreach event like Judgement House and not expect some spiritual warfare to take place. But regardless of the difficulties we face, we have so much more to be thankful for. The Bible tells us that no matter what we face in this life, as believers in Jesus Christ we have a sure future in heaven that awaits us. If we have nothing but our salvation, we’re set; heaven is ready and waiting for us.
So if you’re a believer, regardless of how your Monday is shaping up, you can say “life is good”. Whether you will, or not, is up to you and your perspective. If you’re not a believer–well, that’s an easy fix. Since Jesus did all the work on the cross, the pressure is off of us, if we choose to receive what He offers.
See? Told you life was good.