Mondays are both hard and refreshing. Sometimes it’s just difficult to get out of bed, especially on a cold and rainy day like I’m experiencing. But there is always so much to do on Mondays. In my case, I have a to do list that wouldn’t fit on one index card.
But, Mondays are a start to a new week (at least work week), so you always have the opportunity to do something different than before.
On Mondays (and other days) it’s easy to get wrapped up in doing things for yourself. MY to-do list, MY work, fulfilling MY needs and desires…. The things that you think you’re accomplishing are not for anyone else. They benefit you entirely.
And that’s not a terribly bad thing. But it’s necessary to keep in mind that you weren’t meant to live just for yourself.
At the Passion Conference, I heard a talk given by Carl Lentz, and he challenged us to wake up on Monday and think:
“Whom can I serve?”
“How can I help?”
All throughout high school, I volunteered somewhere at least every week. I mean, I had to…we had required community service hours at my high school. But now, in college, I’m not volunteering anywhere. I’m not serving anyone. It’s easy to go along each day focused on your own goals, but there may be someone out there that needs your help to fulfill their goals.
It’s not hard to lend a hand to someone. If you’re still living at home, maybe emptying the dishwasher without being asked. Maybe opening the door for someone at Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop). Maybe calling a friend and asking if they need anything. There are tons of ways to serve people without really stepping out of your comfort zone. Just don’t be so small minded to forget that this world is not all about you.
I have trouble remembering that sometimes. So this Monday, I’m waking up and asking:
Whom can I serve?
I challenge you to do the same.