The Slight Pause

Brad Prose

Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Sunday is a slight pause before Monday comes around. Generally there is church, lunch, and quality time with family. Sometimes there are more activities such as Bible study or community events. What stuck with you from the sermon? Was there something eye-opening in your studies?

Monday rolls around and everyone is talking about what they did over the weekend. Did you watch the game? See a movie? What did you cook? What did you have to fix? No one else is talking about church and suddenly you realize you have lost your spiritual edge. God was completely present yesterday. The switch flipped and now it’s Monday.

I often feel overwhelmed and empty on Mondays. I’ve been away from work for two entire days; there are emails and voicemails to follow up on. God takes a back seat because I focus on getting through it all. Sometimes I feel like I’ve conditioned myself to work without God.

In fact, Monday launches our “spiritual work week.” We spend more hours working than on any other activity in life. Work is where the majority of our relationships are, however impersonal. And as Christians, it is where we face most of our faith challenges.

God wants us to live and work in a way that is useful and productive for all, including ourselves. What does that mean to you? The answer is distinct for everyone and discerned through prayer and reflection.

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want is to start every week with a “Monday Moan” and end it with “Thank God it’s Friday” for the next thirty years.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How can you bring your weekend experiences to work?