Your Labor is not in Vain

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Nature Labors

My home-office window provides an array of entertainment. A hawk soars above the trees to hunt for food. The blackbird pecks between the blades of grass to pull a resistant worm. A spider spins a well-engineered web on the outside windowsill, while bees hover over colorful blooms to feast on the nectar. Their labor inspires me to tap on my computer keyboard and match their efforts. Labor often goes unnoticed, but your labor is not in vain.

People Labor

Like nature, we labor to provide food and shelter. But some people labor for something other than monetary gain. Volunteers, mentors, friends, and family invest countless hours to encourage and support others. Parents are a perfect example of people who labor without retirement. It’s lifelong labor; it’s a labor of love.

Soon, we’ll celebrate summer’s last holiday weekend, Labor Day.

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894. Originally, this holiday recognized positive changes within the working environment, but throughout the years it’s mellowed from movements and protests. Labor Day is a weekend for family reunions, barbecued hotdogs and hamburgers and the last outdoor excursion that brings summer to a close.

Labor Day has changed since 1894. Although we will continue to thank God for good employment, let’s remember those who have labored for something other than monetary gain. Remember the volunteers, mentors, friends and family. In addition, remember to rest.

God Labored

We labor every day, every week, every month and every year. Rest is not apart from labor; it’s part of labor. It’s God’s divine order. God labored six days and rested on the seventh. He values rest. This Labor Day weekend rest and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


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Your Labor is Not in Vain

Your employed labor or labor of love will leave lasting memories in the hearts you’ve touched. No matter how mundane or insignificant you think your labor seems, don’t grow weary. Rest. Your labor is not in vain.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick 


“The First Labor Day.” : September 5. Accessed August 29, 2014.

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2 Responses

  1. I have to remind myself that a paycheck shouldn’t be the goal. In my ministry as a chaplain, I teach a bible study to persons with dementia, jail inmates and nursing home residents. It is a challenge to adjust the lesson to each group. What does the Holy Spirit want them to hear and how can I present it? The most holy part of my position is listening, holding hands and praying with those in distress. Most of my work is volunteer. Mark Twain said he could live for two months on a sincere compliment. It is the mumbled, garbled compliment that keeps me going.

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