Monday, September 3, 2012

labor day thought


Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

It is Labor Day weekend.  My son informed as we were driving home from Oklahoma that this is the holiday that signals the end of his summer.  That is a true statement, but I was reminded of what labor is all about.

What an honor it is to work.  I have met some people recently who don’t work.  Some of them are not able to work because of a disability or a situation that holds them back.  Others are able to work but chose not to.  Honestly that last group gets a bit under my skin, and that brings me to the verse that I quoted above.

God blessed us with the ability to work.  Sometimes that is the ability to serve and share and expect nothing in return.  Often that is the ability for work for ourselves or for another person who pays us for what we are able to accomplish.  Working is a good thing.

Yet around us, especially in our nation, is a culture and a group of people who expect to get what they want without doing anything.  Hear me well.  I am not talking about the people who genuinely need assistance and deserve help.  Many people have given up looking for work and are expecting others to do for them.  I have had too many conversations that went that direction.

We serve people who are in need, and it is those people who are working hard to provide for themselves that tear at my heart.  Some people can’t make it without help.  I believe that God calls us to serve people and to help others.  God has blessed us so that we can bless others.

Do your part.  Celebrate Labor Day.  Thank God for the ability to work.  Watch God bless your life so that you can in turn bless others. 

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

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