Probably more than any other day of the week, leaders get discouraged on Mondays.
Your message didn’t quite elicit the response you hoped it would.
That one nasty email stole some much needed sleep last night.
You think you’re not making nearly the progress you hoped you would.
You wonder whether anyone actually appreciates what you’re doing.
That person who left also discouraged three other people on their way out the door.
I don’t know whether this is apocryphal or not, but it’s said more ministry leaders resign on a Monday than any other day. If you’ve been in ministry for any length of time, you’ll understand why.
A few weeks ago I caught a breathtakingly fresh glimpse of how I think God must feel when he sees the discouragement present in his people on days like Monday.
My wife Toni and I were on a hike in the woods.
I like to take pictures, and I was heading to a stream to take some shots of a small waterfall when I almost stepped on the flowers above.
They were incredibly small. They were barely visible from 6 feet up, but I caught them out of the corner of my eye.
I had to get down on my stomach to take this shot. I got as close as I could to snap the photo. (The picture makes them look so much bigger than they were, even without a macro lens.)
As I looked at them, it occurred to me that I might actually be the only human to ever see these flowers.
It made me think…
That doesn’t really matter to God.
He created them, and he absolutely delights in them.
But my Protestant-work-ethic mind pushed against that — what purpose do they serve?
Sure they play a role in the eco-system, but you know what I mean. What good are they?
Then I realized I have something to learn from the flowers.
They were absolutely alive in the glory of God. They were simply being, not doing.
They exist for the praise of their Creator, and he delights in them.
Even if no one ever sees them.
Even if they never make a bridal bouquet.
Even if they never even got noticed.
You ever think God might feel the same way about you, even on your worst days?
Seeing the flowers radiating their glory for no one but their Maker challenged me:
Would you be content if no one ever noticed what you did?
Would you be satisfied if no one ever appreciated you?
Would you be good with no one ever acknowledging you?
So much of my life is spent trying to achieve, to become. To improve.
And most of my disappointment comes when I don’t do it fast enough, quickly enough or things don’t turn out the way I hoped.
Monday often brings all our shortcomings into focus for us, doesn’t it?
But that was the furthest thing on the mind of God when it comes to these flowers.
There they were, in their all their glory…fully alive whether anyone saw them or not.
Displaying their glory for an audience of One.
Jesus said that we can learn from these flowers.
He saw that even the flowers amazed and delighted God.
And here’s a message for every leader on a Monday.
So do you.
You delight God just by being.
You reflect the image of God.
He cherishes you.
He loved you before you accomplished anything, and in every moment you don’t.
So today (just for one day), don’t try to prove anything.
He loves you.
And what leader doesn’t need to hear that?
Especially on a Monday.