Years ago as a young Christian, I had a hard, low-paying construction job, along with a buddy of mine, also a new believer. We knew God wanted us to work hard, whether the boss was around or not, but we had a standing routine we would break into every time the boss left the site. As soon as he was gone, we’d break into song: “Break time, break time. Let’s take a break time. The Boss is gone, let’s have some fun – let’s take a break!” We’d do a little jig as we sang it, laugh at our incredible sense of humor, then go back to our drudgery. Even though the job was hard and the boss not the picture of human warmth, God was teaching me to bless the Lord at all times and for all things. This morning I was thinking on all the ways God has blessed me over the years in giving me work and health and strength. Here are a few Labor Day reflections.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits… Psalm 103:2
Today, on Labor Day, take a few minutes to bless the Lord for his gift of work. Thank him:
If you have a job. Even if it’s a hard job, or a low-paying job. Bless the Lord for providing for you. Thank him for your daily bread and all the good gifts he gives you. Thank him for your home and car and indoor plumbing and electricity. Thank him if he has prospered you.
Bless the Lord if you labor at home as a mom. What a wonderful, glorious, high calling God has given you. Bless the Lord if you have to work all day then come home and labor as a mom and homemaker! Whew!
Praise Jesus for the physical strength to be able to work. For your mental ability and sound mind. That you can think and plan and read and write. For your eyes and ears and hands and feet. Some people would love to work but are unable to. Praise God if you are able.
Bless the Lord that you live in a country which has so many jobs and so much opportunity.
Thank the Lord for your Boss. Especially if she’s a good boss but even if she’s a hard and unreasonable one.
Bless the Lord if you enjoy your work. If you have a job you look forward to going to every day, or if you get paid for doing something you really like. Bless the Lord even if you don’t enjoy your work or look forward to going.
Bless the Lord if you have benefits. What an incredible blessing. I know a family with no insurance facing huge medical bills. Forget none of the Lord’s benefits. And praise him if you are unable to work yet able to collect unemployment.
Bless the Lord for you for the technology you have to work with. Praise him if you have a smart phone, computer or tablet.
Bless the Lord for your coworkers, and ask Jesus to save them.
If you are retired, bless the Lord for all the years gave you to work and all his provision for years and years.
And bless God that he gives you days of rest. Some nations require people to work seven days a week. Thank God for today. For your family and friends and chicken on the grill. What a kind and generous King we serve!￼