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The Christ of your Mondays

Weekly Devotionals

The Christ of your Mondays

Stand and consider:

  • The Hubble Space Telescope sends back images of galaxies that are perhaps 12 billion times 6 trillion miles away.
  • Astronomers estimate that the number of stars in the universe equals the number of grains of sand on all the beaches of the world.
  • The star Betelgeuse has a diameter of 100 million miles – larger than the earth’s orbit around the sun.

Why the immensity?  Why such unmeasured, unexplored, “unused” space?  So that you and I, freshly stunned, could be stirred by the resolve: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

The Christ of the galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays.

-Next Door Savior (Max Lucado)

In 2003, Lucado released Next Door Savior.  At that time, I just finished my first year in Korea.  It was also my first year out of college and my first year as a working professional.  Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy transition.  Things grew weary and tiresome.  Like millions of people around the globe, waking up to the sound of the alarm early Monday morning was never welcomed. Whether you want to call it a “Manic Monday” or a “Case of the Mondays,” the start of the work week always takes more than a shot of espresso and a can of oil to get the gears going.  It isn’t every Monday where I drag my knuckles as I get ready for work, but on the days that I do, I recall Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I am sure we have read this verse throughout our life, but Lucado helped me see it in a practical personal way.  Since then, the excerpt above has been a daily reminder.

So yes, I stand amazed to know that our all-powerful Lord can and did create as many stars in the sky as there are grains of sand on our planet.  It does blow my mind that our Creator spoke into existence, another galaxy twelve billion light-years away.  But more than anything, it is unimaginable (yet fantastically true), that this God is personal and is our best Friend.  So when I sit down at my desk on any sluggish Monday morning, I read Philippians 4:13.  Then…the number of emails in my inbox doesn’t seem insurmountable anymore.  My afternoon meetings become manageable.  My list of chores at home become a joy.

So in lieu of the 2nd Monday of the 2016 year (with 50 more Mondays to go), may you be encouraged to know that “the Christ of the galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays.”