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It’s Labor Day. What is that anyway?

Posted on 9/4/2017 by Greg Yoder

For most people in the United States, it means a four-day weekend. But the history of Labor Day goes back to the late 19th century—it honors “the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”1 It’s also the unofficial end of summer, which is a major bummer. Now, as parents, today can be a great day to remind our kids about the blessing of work. Work wasn’t brought on by the curse. In fact, Adam worked right after he was created, naming the animals … an act of worship. Work (schoolwork, too) should be like that for us. Scripture says it clearly, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). That testimony opens doors to share our faith.

1 “History of Labor Day,” United States Department of Labor

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.

Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:23-24

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