Today is Labor Day, a National holiday birthed by the labor movement, and designed to celebrate the contribution of U. S. workers. It’s also the last official holiday of summer, a day off for many, and the prelude to a new school year.
I enjoy working. In fact, I manage labor better than I manage leisure. I become bored easily if activity doesn’t feel productive and meaningful. Also, I have a minimally competitive nature so participating in games and sports feels like a waste of time—even though I don’t believe that’s true. Actually, I admire my friends who are motivated to compete, and I’ve often wished I were more like them.
On this Labor Day holiday, I want to celebrate the value of work with a couple thoughts. I can’t imagine a more ideal spot from which to ponder than this first photo.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have some special friends who are stay-at-home moms. They chauffer kids to school, do endless loads of laundry, fix countless PB&J sandwiches, and seem to never have a moment to themselves! The never-ending, usually thankless responsibilities of taking care of young families are exhausting. But, the rewards are eternal!
I hope this picture of the osprey tending their young and the Apostle Paul’s words to his friends in Colosse will lighten your load for a moment.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
As you enjoy this holiday with family and friends, I’d like to leave you with one final thought from the Apostle Paul, which is one of my favorite Bible verses:
For we are his [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (MEV)
Blessings on whatever work God has designed for you to do…