Labor Day is September 5.
For many of us, this weekend represents the end of summer, a holiday sale or a chance to enjoy cooking on the grill. But Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Labor Day is a great opportunity for us to consider how God wants to be part of our lives not just on Sunday morning, but throughout the week as well. It may be obvious but it still bears saying: God doesn’t stay home or remained confined to a church building while we go out to earn the bacon. God wants to be a partner with us in our work. God longs for us to recognize ways in which our faith in him shapes how we act in our classrooms, offices, labs, cubicles and all the other places we make a living.
One simple thing each of us can do is think of a phrase throughout the day that can remind us of the connection between faith and work. For example:
“Be still and know that I am God.” or
“Lord, Show me how to love today.”
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” or even simply,
“Jesus is here.”
I know a woman who keeps a small Bible in her workspace as a visual reminder of the gospel as she goes about her work as a sales rep. Another worker takes a few minutes at lunch time every day to say a prayer for the people he works with and asking God to help him do his work in a way that is honorable and in keeping with his faith.
What can you do to make the connection between the faith you treasure and the work you do? How might you invite God to come to work with you this week. And meanwhile, relax and enjoy the hotdogs and hamburgers on Monday.
See you in church,
Things to pray for this week:
• Ask God to provide you insights into your personal problems.
• Prayer for first responders- firefighters, police, paramedics and EMT’s