Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (NIV)

Ugh, it’s Monday already? How many times have you thought that to yourself (or screamed it out loud) when your alarm clock goes off on that dreaded first week day? Just knowing the amount of responsibility that lies ahead can be a daunting feeling. I’ve learned over the many years of working outside my home that it’s all about perspective. Sure, at the time, it would feel great to just turn over and go right back to sleep, wouldn’t it? But what would that mean for my family? No breakfast, probably no matching clothes for them (although it’s fairly easy for Jase – black t-shirt and camo pants), and no way for the young ones to get where they are supposed to go that day. And what about your co-workers? Not being at your job puts someone else in a bind. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t be needed there at all.

My dad is definitely a morning person. When I was growing up, I didn’t need an alarm clock. He would bounce into my room, flip on the light and start singing (yes, singing!) “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning”. I wanted to scream! But instead, I would throw the covers over my head until he was out of sight (and sound) and slowly make my way out into the world.

Yes, we would all like to crawl back under the covers on some days (I expect even my dad does on rare occasions), and most likely it’s on a Monday. But let’s change our perspective.

The Lord gave us each day as a gift. He loves us so much, that he keeps bringing the sun up every single morning and cooling us off in the evenings. He gives us each day. He also expects us to use our time wisely, to encourage those around us, to be grateful for the blessings he gives us – the blessing of responsibility. He entrusts each of us to use our gifts, talents and material possessions to glorify Him each and every day. Even on Mondays.

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