Every Labor Day Weekend we stop and consider our work and what the God has to day about it. Why is this the perfect time to do that? It’s Labor Day Weekend here in the USA! But what’s Labor Day all about anyway? How does Labor Day Weekend function for us? Is it:
- The last hurrah of summer?
- A good time to get a great deal on a new car/appliance?
- The last opportunity to get in the water before it gets cold?
- Just another vacation day?
On Labor Day Weekend, it’s a good time to stop and ask: “How do our jobs, our daily work, intersect with our being Priests?”
Like all Federal holidays, Labor Day was created with a specific purpose – to celebrate and remember something. However, unlike how we approach most vacations, Labor Day is meant to be a celebration of work itself (as opposed to celebrating that we don’t have to work)!
Our society continues to feel more and more ambivalent about our work/jobs. As Christians, our “work” often feels very separate and disconnected from our relationship with God. On the one hand, what we do is incredibly important to us. “So, what do you do?” is often one of the first questions we ask someone. The expectations, hopes, and longings that our society has for its labor/work continue to increase year after year. We want our jobs to be significant, meaningful, and rewarding. On the other had, more and more people are frustrated, disappointed, and disillusioned about their work. The reality of our work and labor has and continues to fall very short of our hopes and desires for it. What do we do with that? Give in to cynicism? Become increasingly frustrated and disappointed at our work or the people it involves? Keep changing jobs hoping that greener-grass is actually out there?
This Sunday, we’ll consider some essential principals related to enjoying our work. We do want to enjoy our work and labor! What does that take, involve, or require? Take some time to read and reflect on these things in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 & 9:9-12, and Ephesians 1:7-11. As you do that, consider: “When do I enjoy my work and when do I not? What would have to change for me to enjoy it more, and what are the chances of those things actually changing?”
Yours in Christ,