I know “Jackson Five Monday” lacks the usual ring, but I’m just now getting to sit down and write. Still, the title is apt.
In May I followed through on a plan that had been brewing for years. I had planters installed to spruce up a somewhat barren view. I bought colorful flowers and enjoyed gazing at them almost every time I walked by. At least that’s what I did for a few weeks. But then I somehow missed watering them once or twice. They started looking more and more pitiful and yet I still forgot about them. Then I was out of town for a couple days, and when I got home it was quite evident that they were dead. My pretty flowers wasted away from utter neglect.
Isn’t that a picture of the Christian life? It only takes a day or two of skipping out on time with the Lord for me to notice the difference. My spirit begins to wilt like thirsty petals, and I may mistake my impatience for stress, but the truth is I need the nourishment of time with God and His Word. More than a few days and I feel unanchored, aimless and unmotivated. And we know that the Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. We know we need to press on, but oftentimes knowing what to do — I knew these plants needed water — is not enough to do it. On my own, my life will always turn out like these flowers. I need the help of the Holy Spirit to do what I know I need to do.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12 ESV
But how is “pressing on” related to Mondays you may ask? Well, I love Mondays because they always feel like a fresh start. God’s mercies are new every morning but sometimes I feel readier to embrace them on Mondays. So, if you haven’t spent time reading God’s Word, journaling or praying yet today, there’s still time to kick your week off right. Your spiritual or literal flowers may be dead, but praise be to God, you can weed, uproot and plant new ones. God’s mercies are new every morning, and I pray today is a day you can boldly live into this truth, pressing on, confident that you are His.