Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Over the years, it has developed from a purely labor union celebration into a general "last fling of summer" festival. School is starting, and fall is around the corner. Everyone loves the day off enjoying BBQ, beach, or baseball and in a general sense feels honored for their hard work.
But is your labor feeling more like toil and drudgery? Do you feel more like a slave than a happy worker? Do you work hard and feel no one appreciates what you do? Then take heart because God sees how hard you are working and values your labor of love. Be encouraged through these words of scripture:
(Heb 6:10) For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love . . .
(1 Cor 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
How can we find new energies and fresh inspiration for life’s tasks?
(Psa 127:1) Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it . . .
(Col 1:29) To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
(Mat 11:28-30) "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
And remember that the work of salvation is free, and you don’t have to work for it!
(John 19:30) . . . Jesus . . . said, "It is finished!" (The work has been done on the cross)
(Eph 2:8-9) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
So, work hard but at the same time rest in the Lord and enjoy the work of your hands!
(Eccl 2:24) Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.