How did you spend your Labor Day?
I think it’s safe to say that the concept of “Labor Day“ in America has changed. Early on, Labor Day was the day for labor unions to parade and for people to honor those who labor with their hands.
That has changed. I read a report yesterday that about half the American people think of Labor Day as only being the end of summer. The demise of labor unions has also added to that.
For believers, Labor Day is a day to think about everyday. How did you spend your day?
Every day belongs to the Lord. It is His day. We only have today or yesterday or any day because it is a gift from God.
God wants us to use everyday for His glory. He wants us to redeem the time, making the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:16).
By the way, work or ministry is not the only Godly way to spend your day. Yesterday, I saw a dad riding a bicycle with his two sons while pulling a baby carrier behind the bicycle. What a great way for a dad to spend his Labor Day!
Recreation is also not a bad way to spend your day. Think about it this way: when you take a day to rest or to spend with family or to enjoy going to the pool or the beach or the river you are re-creating yourself. That is obviously the plan of God. That’s why He gave us a Sabbath day. We need to rest from our labors, and we need to use everyday for God’s glory.
So the question is not just how did you spend your Labor Day, but it’s also how will you spend today and everyday for God?