Called to Labor

 In Pastor Jeff's Blog

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

Happy Labor Day! Over a century ago the labor movement set aside a day to celebrate the great social and economic achievements of the American worker. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Labor Day, click here. And a quick shout out to those who actually labor on this Labor Day – police and first responders, hospital staff, convenience store clerks and so many more. Thank you!

Today I’m thinking about different kinds of labor. To name a few…

There’s the labor you do to earn a living.

There’s the labor you do to maintain what you’ve got…housework, yard work, etc.

There’s the labor you do that’s connected to a hobby you enjoy.

There’s the labor you do because you love someone…parenting, caretaking, etc.

And there’s the labor you do because you feel called to. Is there some labor, some work, that you feel inwardly compelled to do? An inescapable, unshakable nudge to do some task? Maybe it’s one of the kinds of labor I listed above, but maybe it’s something holy and wholly different.

I know a man who reads books to blind seniors. He does it because he feels called to.

I know a researcher who hits innumerable dead-ends in her search for a cancer cure, but she continues on because she feels called to.

We can’t always explain this calling to others, or even to ourselves, but we feel it deep in our bones.

How about you? Is there a labor that you feel called to? What is it, and how do you experience that calling? I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment and share your story.

I’m grateful for the labor of others who make life better for the rest of us. And even more grateful for the One whose labor to love, heal and reconcile this world never ends.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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