• Becky Cope

Renovating our Monday Blues

Happy Monday.

It’s kinda sad that Monday has such a bad reputation. So often jokes are made regarding the negativity of ‘Monday’s.’ “Well, it is a Monday, you know.” Whatever that means... I also read this one, “miracles never happen on a Monday.” Of course, there’s the famous idea of the ‘Monday blues’, which would be Tuesday blues, if it wasn’t Monday.

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24

Monday through Monday, God gives us the gift of life and another day to be glad about that gift. This Monday morning is a gift. What are we going to do with it? If the first day of the workweek always feels lousy, we can choose to change our perspective. We don’t have to let our thoughts be conformed to the quotes we hear, and we conditioned to believe. We could make wiser choices during the weekend, so we aren’t dealing with physical blah feelings, but that’s not where I’m going with this. Paul challenges us at the beginning of Romans 12 to “not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” So, according to this verse, our Monday perspective could change by encouraging our thoughts in positive Monday attitudes. When we want to change something, we need to take steps to do that. Renew our preconceived attitudes. What kind of renovation does your Monday mind need? Whether we usually have a positive outlook on Monday or we struggle every week, when it comes to our thoughts, we do not need to be helpless victims. We have authority through the power of the Holy Spirit within us to take every thought captive. Many of our thoughts may not have much value, plenty do. Some are powerful thoughts that impact our attitudes for the better, while many of our thoughts are bent toward the negative. So, while we can’t change every thought that needs changing or hops into our heads, we can consciously rein them in and stop them after we realize the negative direction they are going. We can think about our thoughts and attempt to change the toxic ones. Because this is the Monday that the Lord has given, we will attempt to be glad/happy and positive. “In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” Philippians 4:8 CJB

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