Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Labor Day

Labor Day

Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Glass
August 28, 2013

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV

 In the late 1800’s the idea of recognizing workers came to fruition with a celebration to be called “Labor Day”. It was put into law and it would be celebrated the first Monday in September each year. Originally the idea was to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. There would be parades and speeches made by political figures. Today the holiday continues, and the parades may continue and speeches are made, but it is more known as the last celebration weekend of summer.
 So how will you observe Labor Day? Doesn’t everything come down to making a decision no matter what it is? Recently a friend passed away and at his funeral they spoke of his decision making process. Even though he was a man of many earthly riches and a business mind that was considered superior, his family said this: “His decisions were based on two things……one, would it glorify God and secondly, would it bless someone”. And that was it. A simple, yet most important creed to live by. We were on the receiving end of his generosity and saw that his actions were genuine and his faith real. Since hearing that, I admit that I want to follow in the same path. To follow my friends’ legacy of glorifying God and blessing someone, it will take our mind off of ourselves and onto God where we can be used by Him. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 1 John 3:17 ESV

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