This is Part 2 of a blog series related to how to overcome the Monday blues…to see our work from a new perspective. God is omni-present – that means He can be found wherever you go….office, car, errands, meetings or lunch. God is personally inviting each of us to abide intimately with Him all the time, not just when we pray or go to church.
In Part 1, we considered what it means to see our work from a spiritual perspective…..doing everything (including your work) to glorify God and looking for ways to care for others at work. I also referenced what writer Brother Lawrence said about staying connected to God during the day based on his famous book The Practice of the Presence of God.
In part 2, we’ll look at thankfulness, the enemy’s tactics and what the Scriptures say about work.
Thankfulness is key @ work.
In our modern world, we have so much to be thankful for. Air-conditioned offices. A paycheck, lights in our homes, easy access to groceries, running water. Stop and give thanks from a grateful heart to God when you feel the Monday blues come over you. Stopping to give thanks is a powerful way to get re-grounded in what is true and right.
The enemy wants to destroy your day.
The Bible says the enemy roams about looking for what he can steal, kill and destroy. Satan usually uses the same tactics – discouragement, distractions and disappointment. When we sense any of those three feelings come our way, we can turn to God in faith and ask for His help. We need to believe the reality of an enemy who wants to stunt our effectiveness and love for others. James 4:7 (NLT) says “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Humble first, resist second.
Scripture has a lot to say about work.
I encourage you to meditate on some of these wonderful scriptures about work. Looked at from a biblical perspective, I think you can agree, that work takes on a larger meaning.
Colossians 3:23 – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Psalm 90:17 – May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. (NIV)
Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (NIV)
Here’s hoping you enjoy your next Monday and Tuesday and…every day.
Psalm 118: 24 (ESV) “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”