Labor Day. Most of us view it as the “three day weekend for no reason,” right? Most kids know they are out of school and many businesses get an extra day off. It’s the last “holiday” of the summer before everyone gets back into the groove of school and business.
Labor Day actually began in the late 1800’s as the trade unions and labor movements began to grow. A day was decided to be set aside to “celebrate labor”. (It actually sounds like something millennials would come up with. “Hey, we worked really hard today, we should celebrate that.” That was funny right there.) Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday and by 1894 it was an official national holiday in thirty states.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Today you might have a day off, but what if tomorrow you went back to work as if you were working for the Lord. If Jesus was your boss would you approach your job differently? If Jesus was your coach would you play a little harder? If Jesus was your teacher would you study a little bit more? If Jesus was your parent would you clean your room? (That was for my kids)
On this Labor Day, yes, let us celebrate the workers of our great country, but let us also remember that in everything we do, we are working for the Lord. That gives us reason to celebrate!