Monday, August 2, 2010
"Is It a Monday?"
I love Mondays. Most people hate Mondays. That's because for most people Monday means the end of the weekend and that it's time to get back to the office, or the "salt mine" as my dad likes to say. However, my work week typically runs from Tuesday through Sunday. Except for the occasional emergency hospital visit or some other urgent meeting, Mondays are the one day a week that I get to completely disconnect from the routine and stay home with Laurie and the children. We all love Mondays around here! In fact, the only bad thing about Monday is that it is usually "Mow-day"...(I REALLY don't like mowing)...
Every morning I get the children out of their beds and make breakfast for them. No, I'm not deserving of the "Father-of-the-Year" award. I mean, how hard is it to stick frozen pancakes in the microwave? Usually by Friday morning of each week my daughter, Gabbie, begins to greet me with the words, "Daddy, is it a Monday?" It's sweet (in a "dagger through the heart" sort of way). I give her a kiss and thus begins the countdown till the next Monday. Usually Gabbie goes to bed on Sunday nights (like she did last night) with a big grin. I ask her why she is so smiley. She says to me, "Daddy, you know why I'm smiling...tomorrow's a Monday!" Seriously, how can you beat that?
It is really easy to get caught up in pastoral ministry. There are more than enough things to fill ten to twelve hours each day for seven days each week. However, over the past few years I have had to grow in the discipline of "rest". (You see, part of the lesson we are to learn from rest is trust in God and to find our contentment in Him.) The Bible clearly teaches us that God calls us to practice rest. God even set the example for us (cf. Genesis 1-2). The reality of the matter is that we need to rest from our labors and refocus on those things which matter most in life.
Well, that's a little perspective from me about Mondays. I'm grateful for every one of them.
What is your favorite day of the week...and why?