Oh Monday, you continue to show up trying to ruin our good spirits. Today you even brought with you the Bears on a Monday Night Football game, just to rub it in. No matter, because you see, we were made for this…
(As always, these verses are taken from Bible Gateway. Go check it out, super helpful site.)
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
We can skip for now the fact that God chose to make you and that in itself should be enough motivation and encouragement to get you through another Monday. Instead let’s focus on verse 28.
God tells Adam and Eve to rule over the earth. To subdue the earth. In Genesis 2 Adam is given the task of naming all the creatures on the earth in this creation. All of these things point to an important part of creation and our role in it. Regardless of who cold, ugly, and full of frustrations Mondays may be … you were made to work.
Work is not the byproduct of the Fall. Work is a gift given to us from God. It gives us purpose, it gives us the sense of accomplishment. Work is a good thing. It’s part of who you are.
Yes work is hard. Work can also be stupid. It can be pointless, and soul sucking. If these, or maybe even more vulgar language would be the way you describe work, that means one of two things.
1. You are doin it wrong. If your work is crushing you, this is probably the byproduct of our values and priorities being out of line and out of whack. Where does work rank on your list of important things? Is it too high? Is it too low? If it’s too high, it is taking over too much of your life and probably consuming too much of your soul for you to see the enjoyment that work can be. If it is too low you have lost sight of the value and because you are phoning in your work you don’t see the fruit you should be and so it is a chore for you. This is the camp I often fall into.
2. You are doin the wrong thing. Yes you were made for work. That doesn’t mean you were made for the work you are doin right now. We were all created with specific gifts, talents, and passions that we can then use for the benefit of work. Is the work you are doing using those gifts, talents, and passions? If not, that isn’t the end of the world. Often we have to go through seasons for various reasons where we might not be doing the work we feel most called to. If you are in that season, that’s ok, just don’t allow yourself to fall in to the above category while in that season.
If you are doing a work that isn’t bringing you energy and is not life-giving maybe it’s time to re-evaluate why you are doing what you are doing. Is it because you think you are supposed to? Is it because you think the thing you are supposed to be doing is too hard/far/challenging/scary? What’s stopping you from living the way God inteded?
Today is Monday, another start to another week. A week filled with work. That’s a good thing. So take today and do what you were made to do!
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