Labor Day

The Value of Work

Today is Labor Day, the day set aside to honor the worker. We'll celebrate with cookouts, festivals and shopping, but most of us generally think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. We probably don't spend much time thinking about work. Yet Labor Day is a great time to talk with your kids about work and what God thinks of it.

Spend a few minutes today talking with your kids about how a good work ethic honors God. As a matter of fact, God is pretty specific about how He wants us to approach work. Check out these verses on work:

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10a

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

According to these verses, God's not interested in a half-hearted job. He wants us to work at everything we do with our whole hearts -- even if we don't like the job.

This is tough for our kids to understand because it's tough for us to do. They see us grumble all the time about things we don't like doing, so they learn to grumble as well. But God wants us to have the attitude that everything we do is for him, whether it's working on a million dollar ad campaign or scooping up the dog's poop in the backyard.

Spend some time on this Labor Day discussing theses verses with your kids and learning about God's attitude toward work. It just might change the attitudes toward work in your home.

Happy Labor Day!