"He who has been stealing must steal no longer,
but must work,
doing something useful with his own hands,
that he may have something to share with those in need"
Thinking about Labor Day,
I realize that God prepared work for each of us to do,
so that we would share with those in need.
I need food, and God prepared farmers and truck drivers and workers in the grocery store.
I need healthcare, and God prepared scientists, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.
I need my car fixed, and God prepared mechanics.
And so on and so on.
I hear many complain about their work.
Perhaps my acrostic will encourage us to enjoy the gift of work,
the ability to do something useful with our hands,
and the blessing of sharing with those who need our work
so they can live and do their work.
Love: Love your job and love the people you are helping. Life is too short to hate your job. So, learn to love it. Determine to love it as a gift God gave to you to make this world a better place and help those in need.
Accentuate the positive: There are aspects of every profession that are drudgery. Focus on what you love about your work day and let go of the negative.
Be the best: Take pride in your work and whatever you do, do as unto the Lord, for, truly, it is the Lord Jesus you are serving.
Over work: Do more than what is expected and perform your service with joy. Don't just get by with the least you can do. Do more. Do better. Do your best.
Rest: Labor Day is a day of rest from work. We all need rest. Even God took a day of rest. We are not indispensable. Taking our vacations and our days off invigorates us to perform better, gives us fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and energy.
Happy Labor Day, dear workers! May you find fulfillment and serenity in your work! Today we salute our laborers who contribute to the development and achievements of the United States.
Splashes of Serenity,