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A Meditation for Labor Day


This reflection is primarily for workaholics. In other words, this is a meditation for me. Don’t think for a second that I’m extolling workaholics. Workaholism is not a virtue. Maybe workaholism is a problem because we haven’t figured out smarter ways to get our jobs done. Indeed, America has some great companies built by this type of worker, but something suffers when work consumes you or becomes your defining identity.  For those who enjoy work—or those who don’t— and might even get addicted to it, God made Saturday. It’s the day that he ceased all his creative labors because he was done (Genesis 2:2).  When Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week, the Christian observance of weekly rest changed over to Sunday. Sunday’s are for the most part a day to observe a sabbath rest. It is a day to change from the daily grind in order to rejuvenate. Thankfully, our nation’s leadership tips the hat to its workers by giving us this paid day off in recognition of our daily efforts. Try to leverage days like these to “work” at your relationships and maybe resting a bit more from the things that typically occupy you mentally or physically. Solomon, in his book of wisdom, said that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We would all do well to take advantage of these God-ordained times by stepping back, inhaling and change the pace. Have an enjoyable and restful Labor Day!


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