Happy Labor Day! I hope you are fortunate enough to have the holiday off—or at least have had time off during the weekend.
Labor Day conjures up images of BBQs or picnics; however, historically, it was meant to honor those who suffered the effect of unfair labor practices. Only much later did it become a day off for civil or state employees. But many people still had to work—as is the case today.
Work is instilled into our minds and vocabulary at an early age, isn't it? You may have received advice from parents or teaching while growing up, such as: “Get a good education and you'll find a good job," or, "Choose a vocation that will enable you to support yourself."
We spend years devoting our time, talents, skills, and energy into making a living. We “make a living,” so to speak, but we also need to “make a life." (Says no one on their deathbed: "I wish I'd worked more hours"). So, take time—make time—for rest, for moments of solitude, and enjoy being with your family or friends. And, know divine help is at hand. Seek God and His Word for rest and encouragement.
Jesus took time for solitude, rest, and prayer. A few examples: In Luke 6:12-13, Jesus went to a mountainside by himself to pray. In Mark 6:30-32, he tells the disciples to separate themselves from the crowds (and their work) and find a quiet place to rest.
My prayer for you today is that you will find time for rest and renewal.
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.” - Exodus 20:11 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28 NIV
“It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.” - Exodus 31:17 NIV
Scriptures from the New International Version of the Bible, 2011.
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