Grace For Your Tuesday That Feels Like A Monday

Last week, a customer told me she hates Tuesdays because they felt like “second Mondays.” I told her I understood, I made her coffee, and I moved on to cleaning up the countertop.

For the rest of the day, the feeling lingered: “She’s right.” Most of my Tuesdays have felt like Mondays lately. In fact, most weeks have felt like one long Monday, each slipping into the next.

“Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (CSB)

Now, Paul wasn’t having a case of the Mondays when he wrote this. We can’t know for sure what it was, but he was certainly facing something a little more substantial—something that appears to be outside himself, like an opposition party or some kind of specific persecution. But even when we aren’t in Paul’s exact circumstances, we are able to imitate his posture in our own lives. We, too, can boast in our weaknesses.

Your Tuesday might be awful because you feel like a failure. You may have given in to the same sin you have given in to for the last three years. You may have missed a work deadline or snapped at your child. You probably haven’t spent time in Scripture like you should’ve, and if you did, you didn’t “feel” anything.

Or maybe your Tuesday is out of your control. You’ve done everything “right,” everything you’re supposed to do, and you still can’t seem to catch a break. These Tuesdays happen, too, and they need grace like the rest of them.

But remember this: at the right time, Christ died for the unrested, the sinful, suffering. Christ’s forgiving your sin was not outside the plan or beyond the scope of his efficacious blood. “For while we were still hopeless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6). Your Tuesday isn’t antithetical to God’s gospel; it’s the reason God’s gospel can be called a gospel of grace.

If you’re feeling hopeless, you’re in a perfect spot for the gospel.

This, of course, is no excuse to continue sinning or continue wallowing in your failures. Christ-followers are a people who are oriented toward Christlikeness day by day, degree by degree. We have been saved; the old has died, and the new has come. As Christians, we do not have to live in hopelessness as the rest do because we know that there is joy and victory at the end, vindicated by the resurrection of our Savior, Christ. Until we are called home, we live in the church and bear burdens alongside other Christians, and we do this on days that feel like Mondays (not just when things feel good).

In Christ, you can make it through your Tuesday That Feels Like A Monday. You might feel like you need to try harder—and the reality is that you might need to try harder—but God’s grace is limitless, without end, and lavished freely on those who believe.

Don’t believe the lie Tuesdays That Feel Like Mondays tell you. God’s grace is sufficient.

Cody Barnhart (@codygbarnhart) lives in Maryville, Tennessee, and is an MDiv student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He attends Pleasant Grove at College Street, where he is a church planting intern.