I’m Aware: How To Survive Mondays
How To Survive Mondays
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:13 NLT)
I woke up this morning with a case of “The Mondays.” I have a laundry list of things I need to accomplish this week, and 80% of this list I consider unwanted tasks. Three weeks ago, my family had the unfortunate privilege of being stranded in Baltimore, MD overnight. It was a ridiculous scenario that cost us a lot of money and numerous hours of debilitating conversations managing all parties involved. These conversations included the roadside assistance company whose contractor punctured our gas tank while changing our flat tire rendering us homeless for the night with our two infant girls in Baltimore, MD!
I could scream right now just repeating this truth, and honestly I have screamed several times in the past three weeks. But today, annoyed by my annoyance with this situation, I’ve decided to stand on a good word about what God would have me focus on in ALL situations wanted and unwanted. I wanted to know in the midst of all our outstanding “to do’s” what is God’s job for us? What would God have us do, and how can we feel more confident about Mondays?!
Over the past three weeks, I have been really frustrated with this situation. It tied up our money, it rearranged our travel plans for August, and it held back a couple of business initiatives we had as a family. Through it all, I have been praying to God for revelation about how this shall work for our good.
In Ephesians 6, God says it is not the flesh, meaning the incompetent roadside assistance provider and his contracting company, it is spirits of wickedness in high places that we wrestle with daily. A lot of you reading this, like me, are going through some tough situations right now, and you are wondering why and how they will work for your good. You are also wondering what God would have you do in this situation.
The first thing Ephesians tells us is to stand firm and put on the whole armor of God. This means that our job is not to defend our selves. God has allowed whatever situation we are currently dealing with to take place, so inevitably HE will bring about our victories. The scripture also says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual. So we are in a fight! This is a war! But not war against the flesh. This is an all out war for our minds and our sanity. We are being distracted to destroy our faith and our joy in life.
This all reminded me of Job, in the Old Testament. God allowed Job to be tested by the devil. He was stripped of everything in order to test his faith. Job never wavered. He never even tried to fight back those in the flesh who represented the wickedness trying to separate him from God’s love. Job stayed faithful in prayer, and God gave him double fruitfulness for all his trouble.
I find it ironic that the name Job is spelled exactly like the noun meaning work, “job.” I looked up the name Job and it means “persecuted.” We can discern from The Book of Job, this true definition. But if Job which means “persecuted” is related to “job,” what does that say about us and our daily living? What is our job?
Everyday we as people awake to enjoy our lives and love those around us, and yet, we encounter a world of persecution. In our process of living, we are judged, short changed, violated, and disrespected by many people, places, and things. However, we have to understand that as children of the Most High God this comes with the territory. Jesus was killed for our faith. HE died that we may live faithfully believing in God’s love for us. If Jesus was persecuted, and that was HIS job, who are we to believe we can escape the same treatment. It is our job too.
But just like Job and Jesus, we serve a mighty God who has given us weapons for our warfare. Our real job everyday is not the laundry list of things the world tells us we need to do, but our real job is to guard our minds in Christ and keep our focus on heavenly truths that feed our belief in God’s love for us no matter what battles of wickedness show up. The enemy wants to distract us from reaping the promises of abundant living, love, and happiness. When we focus on our failures, we are defeated, and our days are filled with sorrow that we pass on to one another.
What if we stayed faithful? What if we continued to love our selves and others no matter our conditions? What if we enjoyed our days regardless of the outcomes? We would then infuse our lives and the world with a love and a peace that passes all understanding. The weapons may still form against us, but we have the power to eliminate their influence over our future.
As we reflect on our “to do’s” this week, we must make space and time to seek God’s presence in our life. We must do our jobs. This is how we conquer Mondays.