Labor is Never in Vain

2 09 2010

As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend, what a perfect time to discuss labor!  So  as we get food prepared for our Bar-B-Que’s or our bags packed for our last weekend get a-way of the summer, stop and think for a moment about what all of the work we do on a daily basis really means .  Actually every day we wake up and are breathing we are doing some type of labor, we may go to work or be a stay home mom, either way our days are filled with tasks we must complete and our weekends too as we do labor all day long cleaning our homes, washing clothes, cooking meals, running errands, attending committee meetings, dropping off kids here there and everywhere…whew thinking of all of that just made me exhausted!  Have you ever stopped to think about all the work you do?   Here’s a question for you,  in ALL we do, in all of our labor,  is our work an extension of the light inside of us?

I know you are thinking, Nicole what the heck are you talking about!!!  But really in every counter we clean, every noise that gets wiped, every meal cooked and dirty underwear picked up, it is all in the way we do it.  You see we can walk around telling folks, “do you know what I did for you today!” Of course you’d say that with your hand on your hip, looking all worn out and tired….LOL…or you can do all that you do to the glory of God; knowing that He sees all that you do and consider that your labor is done as a gift.  A gift of love you give and sometimes you may not see the fruit of your labor but you must TRUST that it is not in vain.  As a matter of fact, iIt is not about giving material things but the act of spending time working to make a great life for you as well as your family and friends that is an act of faithfulness.  It is a way we give praise to God as He allows us the opportunity and/or the means to have the goods to give, the time to spend, the energy or health to do. Think about it, do you ever stop to thank God for the job that gives you the money by which you can buy food to cook, clothes to wash, a family to take care of?  Or are all of us just so busy in the labor part that we do not even realize what we DO have.

“All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied” -Ecclesiastes 6:7

How do we satisfy the soul?  How do we feel good about what we are doing when your kids are complaining that they get the same tired lunch every day or your husband just won’t pick up after himself, no matter how much you ask him or your boss just does not see fit to give you a raise?  No matter what….

“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” -Colossians 3:23-24.

We should labor as if it is glorifying God. This is how we let our lights shine and how we give God our faith in action. So instead of having an attitude because folks aren’t showing you appreciation, view all that you do as if God is your boss, your head of the house, looking not for what you get out of it but what you are giving to God as you let your light shine, even in that darkness.  How is this faith you may ask, because sometimes your kids will be sucking their teeth and rolling their eyes at you, your husband will totally ignore you and your boss may take advantage of you but you continue to do what you do to the glory of God. Knowing that He will reward you!  No we don’t start the whole hand on the hip and rolling your neck thing that all of us sista girls can do.  Instead we know that God promises that there is a purpose to our labor and that He will bless it!

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

If we can remain faithful and do all that we do to His glory, God can turn our affliction into triumph; He can turn our sorrow into sunshine, only if we remain faithful in those moments of wanting to throw in the towel.  So as we celebrate LABOR DAY this weekend, take a moment and thank God for the roof over your head and clothes on your back.  Thank Him that basically your every need is supplied and if there is an area that you are lacking, trust that God knows and He is working that out too. That is what you call faithfulness as you find the light within you and allow it to shine.  This helps to keep you focused and reminds you to allow God to enhance your life on his time table…not yours and as you also are reminded that your labor will never be in vain.

 “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -Martin Luther King

 “Without labor nothing prospers.” – Sophocies

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2 responses

2 09 2010
Christie

I truly enjoyed this topic on Labor, excellent perspective on how we should function everyday and the outlook we should have in doing things in our everyday life.

Christie T.

7 09 2010
JC Conrad-Ellis

Right on time! I just finished preparing two dinners (complete with fresh veggies and garlic toast for one) so that my family can eat home cooked meals when I fly back to supervise our pack & load. As I was cooking, I was also doing my umpteenth load of laundry and sweeping the kitchen in our corporate digs…I blew off my much needed yoga class this morning so that I could leave prepared meals to make my family’s life easier while I’m away for 4 nights. After dropping my kids off at school, I also had to stop and fill up the tank. I wasn’t in a happy place as the filling up of the tank is supposedly my husband’s gig, but I find myself doing it more and more. I was entering my pity party state where I start resenting “serving” everybody else’s needs….So reading your message today was quite timely. I’ve heard this message before, but I clearly needed to be reminded of it today. Thanks!

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