Labor Day Thoughts…

     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.

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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.

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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…

Sue Reeve


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