Once a month my husband and I go to Costco to stock up on groceries and other essentials. Usually we find the cashiers to be friendly and cheerful, contributing positively to the shopping experience. However, this is not always the case. On one particularly memorable occasion, I have no doubt our cashier was struggling. She wore her heavy heart on her face. She huffed with exasperation as she scanned the bulky items and slid them to the assistant to load in our cart. My husband and I tried to encourage her, to somehow lighten her emotional load. She shook her head with resignation and declared, “Today is my Monday.”
Even though it was the weekend, we understood what she was saying. Monday—the first day of the work week, the end of relaxation and joy, and the start of another dreaded weekly grind. Monday—where Murphy’s Law is bound to be unleashed. Nothing good can possibly come from Mondays!
I’m not trying to discount the difficulties our cashier was encountering. In this broken world I can imagine some pretty heartbreaking and infuriating scenarios. However, I also know that as leaders—people to whom God has entrusted influence—we are called to a different approach.
In the book, Loving Mondays: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul, John Beckett describes his journey of discovery that transformed his approach to work and leadership from drudgery to meaning and purpose. By integrating faith into leadership he brings an attitude of worship and joy wherever he goes.
Whether you’re called to the marketplace, ministry, your family, or some other place of influence, it is possible to love Mondays.
Here are some tips to get you started on the road to loving Mondays (and any other day of the week).
Start the day with God. This really is where it all begins. You may not be a morning person, but establish a way to connect meaningfully with Jesus. He has given you life and breath and strength today. He abides in you; you abide in Him. Through the power of His Spirit you can declare, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:4).
Search for the good. If your mind is set on finding the negative, that’s what you will see. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. You can find the good in any situation. Consider the perspective of eighteenth-century Bible scholar and preacher Matthew Henry after he had been robbed.
Let me be thankful, first, because I was never robbed before; second, because although
they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was
not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.1
Step out first. As influencers we are also initiators. People look to you and will follow your example. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity or until you feel like it to act. Be the one to initiate kindness. Brighten the day of someone else. Remember “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), and it’s contagious.
Learn to love Mondays, and others in your circle of influence will learn to love Mondays, too.
1. James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited: A Topical Collection of Hundreds of Stories, Quotations, & Humor for Speakers, Writers, Pastors, and Teachers, ed. (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 1988), 264.