"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed for his compassion's never fail; They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness."

- Lamentations 3:22-23
In 1979 the Boomtown Rats rocked the radio with the hit song "Tell me why I don't like Mondays" and for years it has been the theme song for many a person trudging off to work after the weekend has expired. Work is often seen as the antithesis to life, a necessary evil one has to do in order to make enough money to do the things that are really important.

I've always felt a bit different about Mondays. I feel as though they are a day of re-creation. A day when I get to start over again and  explore the possibilities the week has in store. True, it used to be a bit more of an adventure before the advent of computer technology which can keep us connected 24/7 but if (as we should) we turn off the technology on Sunday during our time of Sabbath rest, we can still be surprised by the adventures of Monday. As the workweek starts and we; meet with our team, prepare lists of what we want to accomplish and set goals to be done by Friday we discover that Mondays can be exciting, uplifting and filled with joy.

Now, I know that to many a weary employee beaten down by the burden of work, Mondays seem like the start of another death sentence but to the Christian, working diligently "as unto the Lord" even the more tedious tasks take on new meaning when we realize;

All my work is for the Master,He is all my heart’s desire;O that He may count me faithfulIn the day that tries by fire!

What a difference it makes in the life of a dishwasher, surgeon, teacher and pastor to know that every morning is a new day, every opportunity a gift from God to be His servant, doing His work in His way. When we look at life and work in that way we must respectfully disagree with the Boomtown Rats and re-write the lyrics to say "With Jesus - I do like Mondays".

I don't know what your week holds in store. It could be exciting and uplifting and it could be monotonous and drudgery. Regardless of what you are doing, when done in the power of the Spirit, everything takes on new life and new meaning as God continues his work of creation in you. May you feel his presence in every big and little thing you do this week.

Mike Hoeft Major
Area Commander
Prairie West/ Emergency and Disaster Services Director Prairie Division