Monday often means stress, deadlines, burdens, and anxiety. It becomes the day when we dread the overly cheerful coworker who makes our day worse by suggesting, “Sounds like somebody has a cased of the Mondays.” Another day at work means worrying whether or not your boss is going to micro-manage you or ignore you. Work means worry about what your coworkers might say or the weight of being in a job that is underpaid and under appreciated. From the daily grind of bosses and deadlines to the grueling reality of balancing a budget and trying to put food on the table, work is often a weight – sometimes an unbearable one.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24
As human beings, everything within us seeks to serve our own wants. Humanity is curved inward on our desires and satisfactions. We turn friends and family members into objects. People become less than human as we make them the means of our satisfaction or success. Our jobs become a tool to validate ourselves or make ourselves worthwhile. Our marriages become an opportunity for a transaction of goods in hopes that we get the better end of the deal.
Because of the curving inward of the human heart, every area of life becomes the place where we serve ourself....