No one ever likes Mondays.
Every Monday morning we wake up after hitting the snooze button a few times. Sadly, the first thing we turn to is our phones. We check to see if we have any texts, missed calls or Facebook notifications. We slowly get up and proceed to get ready for the long day that awaits us. While getting ready all we can think of are the millions of things we have to get done throughout the week. We don’t want to think of what could happen if those things don’t get done. We just want to think about Friday.
What’s worse is that this scenario doesn’t just happen on Mondays; every morning usually plays out like this. So not only are Mondays the worst, every day is the worst. At least that’s what we let our minds think each morning we wake up.
Other than those of you who can sleep until 12:00 pm because you don’t have class until 12:15 pm, the rest of us wake up at hours that we’d rather not speak of. Ever since I started working I’ve struggled with waking up early to spend time with the Lord. Most days I cannot get myself to wake up at the time I’ve set for myself to have my quiet time, which is 4 am. To think that’s what my days have come to is hilarious in itself, but really, it is so hard for me to get up. My alarm goes off everyday at that time. But I tell myself, just thirty more minutes. And then it becomes, just 5 more minutes. Until it’s 5:30 am and I’ve run out of minutes, and I have to get up otherwise I’ll get caught in the worst traffic known to man and be late to work, which thankfully has not happened yet!
Mornings are so important. The way we spend our first minutes of the morning can really effect the outcome of our day. I’ve heard this so many times, “I know why I didn’t have a good day today, because I didn’t spend any time with God this morning.”
In Scripture we see the importance of spending time with God early. Jesus Christ is the perfect example.
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Jesus spent time in prayer in the early morning hours. If we follow any example, it should be His. What better way to start our days than to start them with our Heavenly Father, Savior and Friend?
Growing up my dad always told us, “Wake up on your knees and go to bed on your knees.” What a simple, yet profound statement. Instead of turning to our phones, which carry all the worries that consume us, we must direct our first thought to our God. We must wake up talking to our Father. We must start our days knowing that God’s work will get done with or without us. If you ask me, I’d rather work for God than work for anyone else. As we continue through our day let’s push ourselves to have His eyes in every situation. Let’s allow the Lord to guide our every step and direct our every thought. We are fighting a battle for Him. And with Him, the end result will always be the same: victory.
This Monday morning, I am challenging myself to wake up extra early to spend time with my Lord each day this week and to start the days He grants me on my knees. I challenge you to do the same. Set your alarm for an hour earlier than when you normally wake up and start your days by praying on your knees. You will be blessed by the time you dedicate to spend with God! Remember that our goal in this life is simple: to be more like Christ. So if Jesus spent time with His Father in the early morning hours, then we should too.
Mondays are good.
Everyday is good.
The One who gives us every day is even better.