by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Everyone who honors the Lord, who walks in God’s ways, is truly happy! You will definitely enjoy what you’ve worked hard for—you’ll be happy; and things will go well for you.” (Psalm 128:1-2, CEB)
Happy Labor Day! For many, today is a time for rest, relaxation, fun, friends, and family. Personally, I’m looking forward to a slower Monday morning without having to worry about the rat race of the carpool line at the Primary School. We are enjoying family time, leisurely sipping our coffee and sharing a light breakfast before we head over to Tiffany’s parents’ home for a family cookout. It’s a nice change of pace, and a day to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Labor Day was founded as a way to honor the efforts of work that lead to the the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. Even though it was officially set as a national holiday in 1894, the concept goes much farther back. Considering today’s Bible verse, God commands his people to acknowledge that he is the source of all our blessings. From creation, we are designed to work and find creative purpose in our endeavors, and use them to share God’s grace and glory with others. Experiencing meaning in our work is an important aspect in our day-to-day living with God and others.
Colossians 3:23-24 gives us a great insight as to how we are to approach our work: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (ESV). As you rest and reflect over your work today, think about ways you can use your labor to show God’s grace and glory to others. If you are working today — especially those protecting and serving and making it possible for others to enjoy time off —please know your labor is deeply appreciated. May we all find time today, and everyday for that matter, to give thanks to God and find meaning in our work.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making me with a purpose. Help me to find meaning in my work and share your grace and glory with all. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.