Today is Labor Day. Every day except one day per week should be labor day. Labor is usually associated with pay; it should be equated with reward. That reward may come as a satisfaction of a closet of clean clothes, clean floors, a freshly cut lawn, a swept garage or driveway.
Work is something we GET to do; it is not something we HAVE to do. If you don’t have a job–create one! One of the things mothers say is “Find something to do.” That saying is good for a lifetime.
So, today, if you are bemoaning the fact that you don’t have a job (meaning a job with monetary pay) find something that you can help someone else do. Volunteer. For example, last October I was raking leaves when a little fellow, about nine years old came to my yard and asked if he could help me rake leaves. Sure, I happily replied. I asked him if his mother knew where he was, and of course, she didn’t, so I sent him home to ask first. He came back with a big grin and a rake. I warned him I didn’t have any money to pay him for his work and he replied, “Oh ma’am, I’m giving you my work.” He was a good little worker and we talked, laughed, and had a good time until his mother called from the driveway for him to come to supper.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 exhorts: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave wither thou goest.” Solomon was direct. God’s Word is direct in this issue. I am just telling you like it is.
It seems as if politicians are promoting a culture in which work is a terribly difficult thing to accomplish and one must have a college education. Really? My little helper last fall was in the fourth grade and had a heart full of compassion. That, my readers, is what we need. Labor today. Labor in love. Labor is noble and rewarding.