I am not normally overwhelmed with enthusiasm about Mondays. I really like weekends. Probably a little too much. Weekends break up the monotony and allow me to spend time with family. I can work on projects around the house or do general clean up. If the mood hits me, I can invite people over. I have freedom. No meetings to attend, no reports are due, and I can do what I want pretty easily. Makes it tough to get excited for work on a Monday morning. But, since work is necessary, I had to change my perspective. Continue reading to see what I did.
Now, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I enjoy my career and my current job is good. I have a great team and am constantly learning and being challenged in good ways. But at times, I find myself waiting for the weekend. That’s why I am writing this article. I needed some Monday motivation to get back to work and God pulled this verse from my memory bank. So, I thought it might help someone else too.
Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
It’s better if I think about who I am working for, as opposed to the fact that I have to work.
When I think about it that way, it’s actually a privilege to be able to work. I am working directly for God and not for men. That’s got to be one of the greatest honors ever. But then I thought, I’m not a preacher and I don’t work at a church, how can I “work for God” if I am say, a janitor in a department store or a bank clerk? After I thought a bit, I realized something.
There are many ways to make your labor righteous, no matter what job you have.
- Witness about Christ on the job.
- Use your income as a means to serve the Lord.
- Use your position to influence and develop a Godly culture in the workplace.
- Develop and mentor others in the ways of being a Godly leader.
- Be an example to other Christians and non-Christians in the workplace.
- Show a Godly temperament.
I’m sure there are many more, but you get the point. Going to work is about so much more than bringing money home for your family or completing tasks. You can find many ways to serve God at work. Looking at it this way, we should never be leery of Monday, we should welcome it with thanksgiving!