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The Case of The Monday Blues

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:14-22 Have you ever heard someone say they have a case of the Mondays? It seems we come to the start of the week and we are already clawing for the weekend. We missed our morning coffee and nothing seems right in the world. We forgot our lunch and our boss wants to speak to us first thing. Rejoicing and giving thanks seems to be the furthest thing from our mind, and we start moaning and groaning about anything and everything. Our joy was left on our seat in Sunday church and we no longer posses the joy of the Lord. I recall many times in my life where I have not been enthralled with what God has brought into my life. Rebekah and I were married in August of 1999 and we praise God for the years He has given us. We had plans to get away for our 20th anniversary and have a nice, delicious dinner to celebrate. Our plans were changed quite drastically as I was subpoenaed by the United States government to be a witness in a court martial case. I was excited for the opportunity to be a witness, but not at the timing of the subpoena. I was sent my flight information with my subpoena and my heart sank as the dates fell during my anniversary.  The subpoena stated that I was to appear in Charleston, South Carolina which is 1,847 miles away from the love of my life. I complained to anyone who would listen, and even told the people at the Air Force Base who were involved in the court marshall case. Our anniversary arrived and I was bummed to be on an Air Force Base and not spending time with my wife. I was not rejoicing, and I definitely was not giving thanks to God. I was having a pity session and I failed to thank God for the twenty years He had given us. I failed to thank Him for Rebekah and for all the enduring of my selfishness and foolishness. I was more concerned with my current state, and I forgot about all the things He has blessed me with these past 20 years. I forgot about the laughter, the joy, the memories, and I forgot about Rebekah’s kindness and love that she has shown me. I got so wrapped up in my plight that I forgot about the goodness of my God and the gift He had given me.  I know I am not alone in forgetting the goodness of our God as we forget to give thanks in everything. We are commanded to pray without ceasing because we can hardly praise a God we never talk to. It is also hard to rejoice if our focus is on our situation and not in our God. I don’t always understand why God allows certain things in our lives but I know for a fact that God is always good. I know that He is always worthy of my praise not matter what may happen in my life, and I know I will rejoice in Him for all eternity. I am coming to realize that God has a plan and purpose for all things He allows in our lives, and I must give thanks in all things. I must be equally thankful for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich as I am for the bone-in ribeye.  Where are you today friend? Have you lost your joy in your circumstances? Have you forgotten about your Father who has bestowed blessings upon you that are innumerable? Have you forgotten to pray to a Father who longs to spend time with you? Have you forgotten to take time to thank Him for all things, even the things we don’t quite understand? May we learn to give thanks in all things, and may we trust in His plan for our lives. God is always good and He is more than worthy of our praise. Psalm 115:18 states, "But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD."May we wake up with praise on our lips and may we lay down in the same fashion. One day our eyes will open in His presence, and we will be able to thank Him face-to-face for all things He has done. May we not have to be reminded to say thank you, but may thankfulness overflow out of a heart of gratitude.  Stay in the fight!  Saso

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