A friend of mine, while serving as the preaching minister in a local church, became known for consistently saying, “Today’s the best Sunday I’ve had all week!”. At first glance, it may be easy to chalk that up to it being the only Sunday in the week, but it was really a statement about attitude rather than frequency. I’ve worked in ministry long enough to be certain he wasn’t saying that everything had gone just as he had wanted during the previous week, or that the events of the day were even going fully according to his plan. No, I believe it was one tool of many which he used to remind himself and others that it was a day given by God and a day meant to be used to honor God — no matter what!
I thought about that example today as I worked through my morning routines on a Monday that is anything but routine. While we often think of Monday as the start of a new work week, it almost always has baggage from the previous week hanging around. For me, last week was filled with struggles and issues that remain unresolved but aren’t really within my ability or responsibility to resolve. Nonetheless, they weigh on me and can have a tendency to fill my mind to the point of distraction and even discouragement if I let them. With last week’s burdens still hanging over me, I woke up to fresh snow that I wasn’t expecting — meaning extra work to start the day.
But then my routine kicks in. The sidewalks are cleared, the building is cleaned and prepped for the day, and I settle in to write the prayer guide for next week. After some time with God, we settle in on a topic based on Colossians 3:2 which says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Monday mornings I typically set aside to write the prayer guide that I will publish and send out the following week. Some weeks the topic comes easily and other weeks it is a struggle to hear God clearly in regard to where the focus should be. Some weeks I’m not sure who the primary audience is that God will use it to reach and other weeks I’m pretty sure it is meant to speak directly to me before it goes out to anyone else.
The reminders I worked on this morning were priceless. Reminders to not worry, to be open to the instruction of Scripture, to allow the Spirit to fill my all of me including my mind, to be transformed by having a renewed mind, to engage my mind in prayer, and to surround myself with like-minded people who seek to honor God. Yes, it’s the best Monday I’ve had all week — not because it is the only Monday I’ll have all week, but because it came with an attitude adjustment that calls me to reset my mind on the things of Christ. Now that doesn’t mean the struggles are gone or resolved, they remain and some of them continue to grow. What changes, and what must change, is how I set my mind in the midst of things beyond my responsibility and control.
The morning made me think of the photo I put at the top of this post. It is one I took last Saturday and I would guess most people looking at it are drawn to the blue sky and bright white clouds. Yet within the same photo is a base of drab browns and grays of a sparse winter landscape. Your view of that photo is really dependent on where you set you mind, whether consciously or subconsciously. On this best Monday you’ll have all week, it is time to set your mind on things above!