I love Labor Day. Perhaps I like it because I know I’ll get a day to rest, take a trip, or visit with family or friends. Better yet, it always falls right around my birthday.
When you think about it, Labor Day is a unique holiday rooted in the hard work each of us do on a daily basis. Labor Day recognizes the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Our work has true impact and it’s something worth celebrating!
The Bible has something to say about hard work as well.
People who refuse to work want things and get nothing. But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.
Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV)
This verse can be applied to so many areas of my life.
There are times that I get tired. I feel overwhelmed. Frustrated. I’m not sure what big project to tackle next. When I get like that it’s easy to procrastinate. I don’t want to follow through, much less do the hard work. Even when the ‘work’ might be reading my Bible, doing S.O.A.P.Y, visiting with a friend who needs help, washing the never-ending pile of laundry, going to the gym, or completing tasks at work. When I do the work, though, I am always rewarded. It may not be the reward I expected, and it might come later, but it is always there.
Proverbs 13:4 reminds me that if I don’t do ALL of the work that is needed (not just part of it), I will come up empty. I will keep myself from the opportunities God has for me to be richly rewarded and supplied — whether it’s to filled up with His Word or see the fruits of my labor in the form of a clean house, or a project completed.
So I encourage you to finish strong…or perhaps you need to the strength and courage to simply start! Where ever you are, I pray the Lord keeps you from wearing out.