I just read a bunch of Monday jokes on Pinterest. One said, "It's Monday. I am refreshed and ready to hate my job." Does that sound like you? Are you feeling like one day blends into the next and not much is changing in your life?
It may help to know that no one is sitting on some celestial throne somewhere doing the Yay or Nay thing, answering some people's prayers while ignoring yours. That isn't your God - not the REAL one anyway. Your God, the real one, is good. That is, God is the divine and everpresent Principle of good, and has only good scheduled for your Monday.
Prayer won't get you any closer to God and His Monday blessings than you are right now. But prayer can open your eyes to ever-present good so that you can express (reflect) and enjoy it on Monday and every day.
Remember the 1993 Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day?" Its premise involved a guy stuck repeating the same rotten scenario every time his alarm went off in the morning. He constantly awakened to the same day - February 2nd - known as Groundhog Day in the United States. Murray's character just went with the miserable flow, trapped in a cycle that never changed. His job was a mess. His relationships were a mess. As a result he sank into despair. The phrase "Groundhog Day" is now commonly used in American culture to indicate an unpleasant experience that repeats itself.
Then one day he changed his method. It was a mental shift, really. He decided to take each moment to master something good. Among other things he tried to be helpful to others and to live more generously. It wasn't just a work thing or just a private life thing. He made an effort each moment to be and do his best. If things worked out well, great. If not, no sweat. He knew he would get to try again.
Of course it wouldn't be a Bill Murray movie if there weren't some hilarious mess-ups. But Murray's character unfolds the real heart of the film when he decides to use Groundhog Day as a platform for progress by responding to familiar and sometimes unpleasant situations with more grace. With practice, his same old "same-old" changed into priceless moments of discovering good.
I love that.
You and I have another Monday in front of us. It doesn't have to be a rerun of tough Mondays past. What if we look at this Monday as a clean white page of good thoughts and opportunities?
We could choose to stay stuck in a negative groove. But wouldn't it be more fun to let the divine good that is God lead us to new expressions of His goodness?
Here is a hymn to kick off a Good Monday prayer:
Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love.
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no