Most of us do not enjoy working. We live for the weekends and the rest of the week is just what we need to get through to get to them. This is very unfortunate, because if you do your math, 71% of your week is made up of week days. Only 29% are considered weekend days. Of course, if you throw Friday nights in there it might be a little higher.
Do you enjoy what you do? Are you able to glorify and praise God as you work in the office, flip hamburgers, fix somebody’s leaky faucet, repair a car engine, buy stocks on Wall Street, argue in the court room, plow a field, cut hair, pick parts on an assembly line, or change a diaper?
I believe our true character is what shows when we are working. It’s not hard to be happy and light-hearted when we are doing something we enjoy. But when we are going through the daily grind of wherever the Lord has placed us, then it becomes a little harder. Even if we generally love what we do, we all have bad days…days when we wonder how we ended up in this job…days when we wonder if there couldn’t possibly be something better out there.
Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Whether we are one of the highest paid doctors in the country or a stay at home mom raising the next generation, if you live in the United States, you are an American worker. Are you able to thank the Lord for the blessing of your job this Labor Day? There are many who do not have one and wish they did.
Let’s spend today enjoying picnics with family and friends, but let’s not forget to thank God for the privilege to work.