Brother Jeff's Message
I didn’t see her coming in the small crowd of people approaching the front doors until she got right to me and handing me a small paper sack of donuts said, “Happy Tuesday!” She said, “You always say, ‘Happy whatever day it is’ and I just wanted you to have a happy day too.” I said, “Thank you” but my stomach was screaming, “HAPPY DAY! CHA-CHING! HIGH FIVE! WOOT! WOOT!” While the donuts captured the interest of my stomach, the phrase caught my attention as it dawned on me, we greet each other with, “Happy “whatever day of the week it is’” each day – even Mondays. Even with donuts, not many people start Monday thinking, “Happy Monday!” Today I began wondering why. Think about Mondays and how we have been trained to feel and react to the day we call Monday. The world says the weekend is over, back to the grindstone, same old same old; blah, blah, blah – Monday stinks. Too often we buy into the sentiment and succumb to the pressure to be miserable. However, the truth is the weekend didn’t end on Sunday night, it ended Saturday night. Sunday is the first day of the week; a day where we gather to break bread together, worshipping our God and giving thanks, “encouraging one another all the more as we see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). In truth, Monday, and every day should be exciting as it is the first day after a day of worship and spiritual renewal where we have the opportunity to change the lives around us through the sharing of God’s word. I am not talking about telling people about God, although I encourage you to be prepared to tell others about the hope within you as Peter instructs in 1 Peter 3:15, I’m really talking about showing people God in our lives through a spirit of gratitude and happiness in the realization that we are Christians and no circumstance can take that away. Happy Monday! I’m alive – He’s alive! We live. He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). I was lost and now I am found! So yes, Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday, Wednesday and every other day of the week – I choose to be happy because in the end I want to build my house on the rock, that is Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). You can take everything else away but not the love of Christ (Romans 8:39) and for that I am both grateful and happy. What will you choose to be?