The Value of Labor

Labor DaySomeone recently told me that they can’t wait to retire so that they can invest more into their spiritual growth. A part of me cringed. Our jobs don’t keep us from spiritual growth; they are the gymnasiums for exercising faith.

  • Co-workers are “the least of these” in whom we meet Jesus by serving and loving them
  • Cranky bosses and difficult co-workers are opportunities to practice patience and forgiveness
  • Every task is an opportunity to glorify God by doing it with all your heart and skill
  • The lunch room and the water cooler are great places to practice the art of encouragement and the refusal to gossip
  • Your commute is an opportunity to practice gratitude, giving thanks that you’re employed

As Christians we dare to believe that whatever work we’ve been given, whether as an employee or a volunteer, is our current calling – our vocation. It’s holy stuff. God is every bit as present and active in the classroom and cubicle as in the church.

Labor Day is coming up. It’s a day to honor the work of others who make our lives better. So how about taking a moment to thank a few people for their labor? I’m especially mindful of those who will be working on Labor Day…doctors, nurses, police and emergency services, our armed forces, moms and dads and so many more.

This is also a great week to pause and give thanks for whatever it is that God has called you to do. Whether you get a paycheck or not, dare to believe that what you do matters because God is in it.

Here’s a verse worth hiding in your heart this week, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3:17

Who will you thank for their labor this week? Give them a shout out by leaving a comment.

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