It is Monday – AGAIN – Devotion 205

As a kid, I always dreaded Mondays.  I think I started dreading them on Saturday morning knowing they were on the way.  By Sunday afternoon, misery had set in.  There were a host of reasons for it – and some of them were valid, but regardless these were the facts for me.  Anxiety had a way of stealing the joy of the time I did have. 

As an adult, it has gotten much better.  I try to enjoy each day as it comes.  But I must admit, that dreaded Monday morning anxiety still tends to creep in.  I love what I do.  I enjoy the people I work with.  I have an amazing family.  I have no real reason to have any worries.  But Sunday, I felt it.  That twinge of dread appeared like an unwelcome guest that has already spotted you are home.  I am determined not to let it win.

So this morning, this beautiful Monday morning, I awake and arise.  I do more than roll out of bed, I arise to the newness of a day made by God.  On my morning journey, I notice the orange tones beginning to pop out of the horizon as God ushers in a new dawn.  I hear the babbling of a brook (ok, so it was a ditch of running water, but you get the point).  And there was much prayer involved.  I needed God to show me the good in this day.  I needed to know how to spread kindness.  I wanted the chaos of this world to calm.  

As I prayed and looked for God to speak, the stars sparkled.  And for a moment, God seemed to say…this world is chaotic but you do not need to be.  I was reminded of a scripture my kids learned in Bible drill.  It is one I have said more times than I can count.  This has become a place to return when the anxiety seems to be greater than I can handle.  It is held in 2 Timothy 1, but God today opens it in my heart, for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”  Power, love, and self-discipline – those are the things which I am given.  These are the things which you, too, are given.  

May we live, not in fear or anxiousness, but in power, love and self-discipline.  And, indeed, may it begin with me.

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