Lent – Day 5 – Jesus Questions

“Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” (Mark 3:4; NLT)

Welcome to Monday!

You won’t find Monday-itis in a standard medical dictionary, but we all experience it from time to time. Some of us once a week! It starts with the wake-up alarm going off a little too early. Our minds return to the weekend’s events, either with joy or exhaustion. And then we realize we’re back to the routine. Shower, breakfast, lunches for the kids, and heading out the door for the day.

monday-itisWhen Monday-itis strikes, those first few hours are about easing into the week, simply getting through till lunch, and perhaps swapping stories with friends, other parents, or co-workers about our weekend experiences. On such days, our minds don’t kick into gear quickly. We’re going through the motions. Monday-itis.

“Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

The question Jesus posed in Mark 3 sounds altogether too serious for a Monday morning! Of course, the context of the question involves a fairly serious moment. Jesus had just healed a man with a withered hand, but His critics took Him to task because it was a Sabbath. “Save the healing for another day,” they insisted. They were too self-absorbed  (and rule-bound) to see what was truly good and right. We can all be that way, at times.

Perhaps that’s why this ancient question from Jesus — first posed to His opponents — seems so relevant to us all, this first Monday of Lent. It calls us to look beyond our weariness, self-preoccupation, or Monday apathy and ask ourselves “Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

We have a choice to make this day … and every day. Will we walk into the day choosing to carry hope and life with us? Or will we spread gloom and doom? Save a life? Or destroy it?

We have choices to make, all day long, regardless of our circumstances. Will our conversations and our actions honor Christ and uplift others? Or will our weekend weariness steer us into negativity and complaint?

We joke a little about Monday-itis. But it’s altogether real, and its reality extends beyond just Mondays. Today (like every day) is an extraordinary gift from God, filled with potential because of His guiding Presence, transforming power, renewing grace, and endless love. As we begin our first full week of Lent together, let’s not become so distracted by our fast that we overlook the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

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