True Confessions of a Monday Marathoner

I have a confession to make. I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays.

On the one hand, I LOVE the hustle and bustle of Monday mornings. I feed off the energy of the world waking up to a new week of adventures, challenges, and exciting opportunities.

I love having a blank canvas ahead of me, full of chances to learn new things, create new projects, and help our wonderful clients in their business and ministry work.

This may sound odd, but I actually like waking up to an email inbox with plenty of things to keep me occupied. When I’m in this state of busy bliss, I have to say that Monday mornings are quite likely my most favorite part of the week.

And then Monday afternoon strikes.

At this point, my brain starts to stress about all the challenges ahead of me over the next seven days. Sadly, negative thinking often turns to being overwhelmed…and being overwhelmed leads to worrying…and worrying turns into impatience…and impatience turns into taking my eyes off of God. In the space of a few hours, it is often easy to go from that first state of bliss to feeling like I’m trying to swim upstream through whitewater rapids.

But always, without fail, in the middle of the chaos, God’s grace is always there. Some days I don’t embrace His grace, but on others, praise God, I’m able to look past the stress and focus my eyes on my Savior. Life, especially on Monday mornings, isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon.

Recently, when I felt the pressure starting to mount, I thought back to a scene from one of my favorite movies, Chariots of Fire. Eric Liddell is sharing his heart with his fans after a race, right in the middle of a rain storm. From under an umbrella, surrounded by hard-working people with trials and difficulties, he shares with them the true secret to overcoming the pressures and challenges of life.

Take a look:

So where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. It comes from a real, life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ, who holds all things in His hands—and has everything under control and all figured out . . . even Monday mornings.

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