Do you ever feel like Monday isn’t the only day of the week you dread? Does it feel like everyday is starting to feel dreaded? What is it that causes us to get to a point where we just don’t want to climb out of bed anymore?
The Monday Mourning can become contagious for many as they go about their days repetitively. Each day just becomes another mediocre day to get through as we sit with little hope of anything exciting happening. In this article, we will explore a potential reason for this monotony and seek a solution.
You are not alone
Living a less-than extravagant life is becoming commonplace for many. We see it with our friends, and we hear others talking in public about it: “Only ten more years until I retire from this pointless job; My family doesn’t even know I exist anymore; What’s the point…”
Even with our wealth of knowledge and technology and cool gadgets, fashions, homes, and vehicles, we are still struggling to stay happy and excited each day. Many financially wealthy people have repeatedly said, “Money can’t buy happiness.” You know, I think they’re onto something here.
What is a reality is that money can certainly buy items or experiences that can bring a smile to our face for a while, but it’s a fleeting and temporary joy. It is common knowledge for many that the things that money can’t buy are the things that ultimately result in greater happiness; family, friends, health…
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A mediocre or monotonous life is one without purpose
We can argue that we have purpose because we are doing things like: “I’m building a nest egg for retirement; I’m working tirelessly to save money to buy an expensive car; I am working twenty-hour days to reach the top level in my company.”
There isn’t anything wrong with these things in and of itself, however, the common theme is that we are trying to achieve these goals to please self. When we spend all our time trying to do things for our self or to acquire things, we can get to a point where it simply loses importance. Then we are left with a void in our life.
As a Christian, I have learned that living a life unto others is far superior to living a life unto self. Let’s not ignore the fact that I have spent at least thirty of my forty years trying to please self and all that’s resulted in is resentment towards myself for wasting so much time; time that I could’ve used to help build up others and such. Oh, and a bunch of junk that is or has already depreciated and is worth nothing.
There are a couple verses from the Bible that I’d like to briefly talk about in this article that might help bring some hope and inspiration to those of us who have lost a feeling of worth or necessary purpose in life.
- Ecclesiastes 1:2
- Ephesians 4:1
- Isaiah 43:7
- Matthew 5:16
- Matthew 28:19,20
“Everything is meaningless,” says the teacher, “completely meaningless.”
King Solomon in the bible was a rich ruler, who had anything and everything he could possibly want. He eventually concluded that everything in life was meaningless apart from God.
Instead of enjoying the free gifts from God in life, we spend too much focus trying to find joy in material things. We must consider these wise words of Solomon and figure out what is important to us in our own life. Are we seeking that which God wants us to have? Do we even have a relationship with God?
We have free will to follow God or not. He doesn’t force us. But God has a fulfilling life planned out for each and every one of us if we are willing to seek Him and His Will for our life. All we need to do is ask and listen. God will answer us in due time. We can hear Him when we are quiet. This means, when we are trusting Him to speak to us and are not stressing out about our circumstances or issues.
Go to God in prayer and seek Him by reading the bible. Ask Him to reveal to you his plan and purpose for your life. Keep asking; keep knocking; keep seeking (Matthew 7:7,8).
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
God has called each of us to his service. What exactly is your service for God? That is something God will reveal to you when you ask, seek, and knock. In the meantime, we can see in 1 Corinthians 12:27,28 that some of us are called to teach, some are called to serve, some are called to heal, some are called to be leaders, and some to speak in unknown languages.
What can you think of that you are naturally good at? Is it something that can be used to help others or to build them up? I’d start there. Usually, as we start using our natural talents, other talents start to become known to us. But we must start with what we know we can do.
Sometimes, we don’t know what our talents are, and in those times, we can simply ask what we can do to help out. By stepping out and trying new things, we can learn new things about ourselves that we didn’t previously know.
“Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
We can see in this scripture God has created us to primarily serve Him. How do we serve God? Through worship to Him and through living as an example for others to follow. When we live for God and live to showcase God’s Spirit in us, this glorifies God.
God has a special place prepared for those of us who choose to glorify Him (see Revelation 21 for a description of Heaven). Our biggest goal in our personal lives should be to glorify God and build up treasures in Heaven.
Sure, we can work and accumulate things here on earth to enjoy, but our greater purpose should be to store up treasures in Heaven. Think about this for a moment; we live on this earth for less than one-hundred years on average. We will live eternally, hopefully in Heaven. We can spend all our energy storing up possessions here on earth to enjoy for a short while or we can serve God and store up great treasures in Heaven that we can enjoy eternally.
Also, I say “hopefully in Heaven” because following God is a choice. The alternative is to follow Satan and spend eternity in Hell with him.
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”
Another way for us to live a life pleasing to God and one that has purpose is to do good deeds. Sure, donating money might instantly come to mind. There isn’t anything wrong with donating money to various charities who help the less fortunate worldwide.
We can also get involved more directly. We don’t often need to look overseas for the less fortunate; they are right here in our own towns. And, this scripture isn’t merely talking about helping less fortunate, but also to do good deeds for all to see.
So, volunteering for good causes, donating money and items of use, and especially practicing courtesy to others are great ways to showcase God’s Spirit in us. Our actions will often speak louder than words. When we go to work or school or even the grocery store and do a random act of kindness, or put someone first, we are bringing glory to God.
In this way, we will show others that there is something different about us; something they might want to seek for themselves.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you, even to the end of age.”
Finally, there is the Great Commission. This is where Jesus told the disciples to go out and make more disciples. It isn’t good for us to have a relationship with Jesus and keep it to ourselves. God’s plan is that none should perish (spend eternity in Hell), but instead, come to know Jesus and accept Him as their Savior.
This should be our biggest purpose in life; to get to know Jesus personally, then go forth and share our faith with others in various ways. If we think about how a leader doesn’t work to show how to do everything right, but instead, works to create more leaders, we as Christians shouldn’t only work to set a good example, but also, to teach new believers how to lead others to Christ, too.
This is when we will experience a greater fullness in life; this is when we will know we are doing the Will of God.
Applying this knowledge to daily life
Our spiritual life is a part of our overall life. Of course, it is the most important part. But the other parts of our life still need to be lived.
God gives us families, friends, jobs, and other things in life. These are responsibilities that we must maintain. When we live for God, we honor God by doing the best we can with what He gives us. This is especially true of our health.
We are wise to eat well and get exercise and regular sleep. If we are sick and deteriorating, how can we be of service to God, right?
Also, how we handle ourselves when we drive in heavy traffic or go to busy stores or deal with ungrateful bosses will show how much focus we have towards God, and whether we are allowing His Spirit to come out in us or our own spirit.
When we decide to live unto God, we can wake up knowing that what we do today will matter in the way of honoring God. We can choose to set a good example wherever we go throughout the day, and how we interact with others might have a massive impact on their life; maybe they will even come to know Jesus through us.
I won’t say that by following God that all your dreams will come true, but I will say that God is good, and He blesses his children according to His Will. God opens doors no man can close (Revelation 3:7-8) and He puts us in great positions of authority and opportunity when our heart and focus is for Him.
We can spend the rest of our lives waking up each day frustrated that it seems pointless or we can go on a personal journey to know Jesus and to share His message with others. In this way, we will surely start realizing a life of purpose and fulfillment; we will also be more eager to wake up early and get the day started!
Don’t know Jesus?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, understand that you can right now. It doesn’t cost anything, nor is it only available to certain people. He is ready and willing to be a part of your life right now, regardless of your past. All you have to do is ask Him to be part of your life.
A Prayer for Salvation
Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins. I know that apart from you, I don’t have life. I know that you are Life, and that you have a purpose for my life. I ask you now to come into my life, to save me, to guide me, and to direct me. Please do your Will through me, Amen.
By praying this prayer and believing that Jesus is Lord and that he is part of your life, you are saved. At this point, it is best to find Christian support (a local church) and let them know that you are a new believer. Fellowship with other believers is critical for new believers. Spending time daily, reading the bible, God’s Word, will start giving you the necessary knowledge to move forward in your journey for Christ.