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How to Love Your Mondays

How to Love Your Mondays
 

Several months ago, I began to start my work week with a time celebration, planning, and prayer. This weekly practice has positively impacted the way I enter into and navigate my week. Here’s what I do:

Celebrate

First, I celebrate. I look back at each day of the previous week and remember what God did in, through, and around me. I write down each day then I write down one or two things that I want to remember. Sometimes I record a lot of details in my journal, and other times I just write down a person’s name and a few words. When I take the time to celebrate, I find that I have much more energy and excitement to enter into another week of ministry because I can clearly see that I am being effective.

Plan

Next, I plan the week that I am entering into. I write down each day of the week then carefully plan each day, including the things that are set in my schedule (team meetings, student ministry activities, etc.) and the things that I want to do or accomplish (lunch with a volunteer, read a book, etc.). I try to plan with as much detail as possible, while leaving margin each day for the unexpected. A lot of people, especially people in ministry, choose to take their week as it comes without any sense of direction. I find that I am much more healthy and productive (the two go hand in hand for me) when I know what to expect and how much energy I will need for each day. (By the way, a well-planned week gives you permission to say no to the things that will distract you from what you need to be giving yourself to).

Pray

Lastly, I pray for each item and person on my schedule, day by day. If I anticipate a hard day, I find myself praying for strength and patience. If a day looks light and enjoyable, I ask God to help me be fully present and simply enjoy it. Whatever the day may bring, praying over it in advance helps me experience it more fully when it arrives.

This simple practice of celebrating, planning, and praying usually takes me between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the week. That might sound like a lot of time to give, but I have found that it really pays off, both spiritually and practically. I would encourage you to try this for a few weeks and see if you don’t end up looking forward to your Monday mornings instead of dreading them.

Josh Rhodes
NextGen Pastor at LCBC Church
Josh is the Next Steps Director at LCBC Church, York Campus. Prior to LCBC, he served at Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, WV. Josh received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministries from Lancaster Bible College, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Biblical Seminary. He and his wife Hillary live in Lancaster with their three children - Sephora, Levi, and Pierce.