I strongly believe that one of the reasons why we’re not seeing our communities being transformed is because many Christians are living #TGIF lives. Let me explain. Most of us are familiar with the abbreviation TGIF. It stands for Thank God it’s Friday! Everybody gets to the end of the week and by Friday they’re all tweeting and Facebooking #TGIF! On a Friday afternoon people breathe a sigh of relief and start daydreaming about what they’re going to do that weekend. Typically they might say to themselves: Thank God it’s Friday! Now I’ve got a couple of days to really live life!
I know we should all look forward to the end of the week and celebrate it. We live in a culture that loves the weekend. We love the downtime, the sleep-in, the third cup of coffee, the weekend newspaper, kids’ sport, date night, going to church with the family, and watching our sports team play on TV. What’s not to love? I’m all for relaxing and rewarding ourselves for hard work.
But there’s something about the #TGIF concept that Christians should be very wary about. You see, the #TGIF mindset stems from the age-old idea that work is somehow demeaning, unfulfilling, and unspiritual. That’s why on a Friday many Christians might say to themselevs: Thank God it’s Friday! I can’t wait to get to Youth this weekend and to hear the guest speaker preach on Sunday!
Does that attitude sound familiar? Do people in your church have that mentality? Here is what’s wrong with this whole #TGIF mindset: If Christians are banking on just getting through the week so that they can get to a church service on Sunday, they’re missing out on a huge part of the call of God on their life. Big time! Their Monday to Saturday could be so much more fulfilling and purposeful.
To really understand this, Christians need to realize that they have unwittingly bought into the philosophy that we go to work because we need the money to pay for the rent, the mortgage, the groceries, the kids’ education… The list goes on and on. They’ve bought into the mindset that a job is not something to like, it’s just a means to an end. It’s all about the money so we can pay the bills. But we don’t have to live that way. In fact, as Christians we shouldn’t live that way.
For us, work is a God-given opportunity to enrich our lives and the lives of others. Work should be about worshipping the Creator by using our God-given talents to the best of our ability. We should be going to work on Mondays feeling like we are fulfilling God’s purpose. Our work is actually meant to bring us fulfillment and dignity, not dissatisfaction and worthlessness.
We can be spiritual every day of the week. What an exciting way to go about life!