Monday. Back to work. Back to school. Fighting rush-hour traffic. Dashing to the bus stop. Rushing to catch the commuter train. Chores to do around the house. Chores to do on the farm. Punching in at the shop or factory. Blue Monday.
Some begin the week by sighing, "I have to go to work," or, "I have to go to school," or, "I have to volunteer at the nursing home," as though we were sentenced to sheer drudgery. Rather, these are God-given offices that permit us to serve our neighbor.
Wise King Solomon tells us, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might." As Christians, you and I do the very best possible job, strengthened by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us his very best - He did not give just eight hours a day from Monday to Friday. He gave every second of every day for us. On the cross, He suffered and died, sacrificing His life for us. He restored us to right relation to God, to our neighbor, and to our daily work, which are all His good gifts to us. So, we serve in joy and thanksgiving.
God gives us health, strength, and stamina to serve others. We get to go to work. We get to go to school. We get to volunteer. We get to be channels of His love.
Portals of Prayer, Vol. 70, No. 395, Monday April 23