Hello Monday - Do Good • Veronica Ilioi • Hawaii Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Hello Monday – Do Good

For the longest time, I really didn’t like Mondays. I actually hated them. Mondays were for cleaning the Sunday messes, Mondays were for laundry, and for full inboxes. What I didn’t realize was that I was allowing the enemy to ruin something that God loved. Here’s the thing, our God is the God of fresh starts, of second chances and c’mon, who hasn’t said at least once in their lives, “I’ll start on Monday”. And so, a few years ago I decided that instead of hating Mondays, I’m gonna choose to embrace them for what they are, fresh starts.

hello monday, a new devotional series by Veronica Ilioi

Last week we focused on the very first part of Psalm 37:3, “trust in the Lord”, but the best thing is that it doesn’t stop there. Because while we trust Him, God wants us to continue doing good.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.”

Something I learned recently is that true faith is actively obedient. I can’t just say I put my faith in God and that’s it. I have to act on it.

A quick example that relates to what’s happening today.

We’re in the middle of a pandemic during an election period while there’s a war against racial injustice and child and human trafficking. That gave me a headache. Do I trust that God will protect me from harm? Do I trust that God will protect my kids from trafficking? Do I trust that God will protect us from COVID? Do I trust that God is in control? 10000%.

But that’s not where it stops. I must be his hands and feet. Especially when I start making it about me. Especially when I become selfish.

“Why do I need to wear a mask?” “Why is Hawaii still in lockdown?” “I just want to photograph weddings!” “They just need to open up the schools already!”

When you find your mind and heart making it about you, make it about Jesus. What would he want you to do? He would put others above His own needs. He would take the fruits of the Holy Spirit and spread them around like confetti.

Yes, you trust that God’s got you no matter what and is in control, but now you must also follow through on that and help someone out. Wear a mask out of respect for those with a weak immune system. Buy your kids’ teachers some coffee, online school isn’t easy. Help a family who’s financially struggling. When you react in love, you fully trust in God.

Let me pray with you.

Hi God, thank you for your wisdom and understand that you pour out on us. Teach us daily how to love others Father, even when it’s uncomfortable. All we want is you, God. Fill us with your Holy Spirit! We worship and glorify you because you are so good and loving! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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