Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Labor Day is an American Federal holiday which is observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day in the United States was established in 1884. Many friends and families will gather together for the last holiday that marks the end of summer. Celebrations will include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other various activities. It is a day to celebrate our work, the labors that have made the country what it is.
Since when did work become a dirty word? Have you ever put in a good day's work, perhaps planting a garden, or painting a room, or helping someone to move? At the end of the day, did you feel tired, and sore, but you said that it was a "good tired'?
That good feeling, for me, comes from doing something useful, something that betters the people around me or my environment.
This is how God wants us to see our work. Our labor betters our world. Our work is even a calling, a vocation no matter our talent.
Why? Because we are all sons and daughters of God and we all have gifts to offer to our world. I try to make it a point, wherever I go, to really see the invisible people in our society: the store clerk, the doorman, the delivery man, the office receptionist. These all are human beings, not human resources! When these hard working people help me, I am grateful for what they have done, I smile, I say thank you, I make friendly conversation. I think, isn't this what we all want? To really be seen?
Dear Lord, this Labor Day, we celebrate in thanksgiving the gifts and the work that you have given us; we offer our talents and our labor up to the world-- and to You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.