Garfield Syndrome

If there are two animals universally loved, they’re Snoopy and Garfield. Snoopy captures our imagination with his various personas (who doesn’t love Joe Cool and a World War I Flying Ace?), but we all relate to Garfield. We’d love to sleep that much. We all love lasagna.

And we all hate Mondays.

The world universally hates Mondays. (Me, I think Tuesdays are the worst days of the week, but that’s just me.) It’s not hard to understand why: the weekend is over, we go back to work, and it’s a long five days until the weekend rolls around again. Five more days of drudgery, and then two for rest, family, and worship, and then the cycle repeats one more time.

The sad fact is, most people hate their jobs. There’s nothing about them they enjoy or look forward to. That makes it difficult – if not impossible – to get excited about going back on Monday morning. Friends, work is good. It’s important. We do our work the best we can, for we labor for God: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossian 3:23). You may hate your job, but it is still something which can bring God glory if you do it well.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not lobbying for you to stay in a bad, evil, soul-crushing job if there are better ones out there. I’m saying that God can use you wherever you are to help win lost souls. Your work may be horrible, but you could be there for a reason. It’s my hope the knowledge God will use you may make your Mondays a little more bearable.

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