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In the United States today we celebrate Labor Day.

We have many days set aside to celebrate and remember a host of events, people, and places.  There are holidays to honor the soldier who lives, the soldiers who have died, our mothers and fathers, and the birthday of our great nation.  Labor Day is set aside as a day to pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

It is an honor to recognize the hard work of the labor force of the United States.

Labor Day honors the everyday man or woman.  The girl at the check-out counter, the man fixing pot holes in the road, the boy flipping burgers, the woman pounding nails into the roof of a new home.  Labor Day celebrates the hard work we do and the effect diligence and perseverance have on our nation.

Scripture commends hard work, too.  The focus is less on strength, prosperity, and the well-being of our country than it is on the strength of our character, the prosperity of an eternal kingdom, and the well-being of the downtrodden.

Scripture calls us to celebrate work – to delight in being part of God’s plan.  Scripture calls us to labor for Christ, for the glory of God.  Scripture calls us to work diligently so we may be generous.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

So today, whether you are enjoying a day off or working on the holiday, whether you live in the United States or some other country, I hope you will take some time to thank someone for their work.  I also hope you will reflect on the honor we share in laboring for the King.