Monday, September 7, 2015

How Do You View Your Work on This Labor Day?

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Happy Labor Day! What does this holiday mean to you? An extra day off work? A day to get together with friends and family to barbecue? A day to sleep late?

I googled it and arrived at the United States Department of Labor website. This is a quote I found to explain what Labor Day means.  

"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

So we are to celebrate the achievements of American workers. I've been privileged to work in two different professions. Both of these professions consist of people who have dedicated their lives to helping others; nursing and teaching.

As a cardiac nurse, I had the opportunity to work with patients who for the most part were typically older. I enjoyed a wonderful relationship working with Dr. Scott Robertson, a cardiologist, for the last ten years of my nursing career. We worked hard but we loved what we were doing! And I have to say ...we made a great team.

I retired for about ten years but continued to 'work' in nonpaying jobs. I worked as a community manager for my husband's technology company. I volunteered to teach children in Bible Study Fellowship for seven years.

When I unexpectedly had to return to full time work I ended up in teaching. For a woman who always wanted children but couldn't have them, it was the perfect place for me to be. There's something very healing being surrounded by preschool children when going through a difficult transition in life.

When I work with my Mini-Mustang class, I'm totally focused on them. It may be hard work especially when I'm constantly having to squat down to their level. But it's good exercise at this point in my life. I have no time to feel sorry for myself, that's for sure. 

The bottom line for me is this. I choose to work at whatever I do with all my heart. I'm thankful for the jobs I've been able to do. I'm thankful for the people I've met throughout the years. 

I'm reminded of this Scripture:

"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people." Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

I hope to encourage you on this Labor Day that what you do counts. Whether you clean homes for a living or take care of children or drive a bus or create art or build companies at it with all your heart as unto the Lord. 

So let me ask you a question. How do you view your work on this Labor Day?

Blessings and love,

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Laurie said...

Your heart for others is apparent in your work as a nurse and now with children. I love how the Lord has filled you with the joy of the little ones you are blessed to teach, and I know they are blessed by having you in their lives. Joy to you this day, Debbie!

Consider It All Joy said...

I'm a behind the scenes employee. As a practice manager in the medical field, I don't garner much attention, rather, work diligently in a back office making sure every body else can do their jobs well. I love it and am thankful for the privilege! Blessings to you Debbie!! Cindy xoxo

Marsha Young said...

Good post, Debbie. I often reminded myself about Col. 3:23 during my working days. Now "every day is a holiday" - and I am so thankful ! :)
Happy Labor Day! - Marsha

Debbie said...

It's funny because my hubby and I had a conversation similiar to this just yesterday morning. I am soo often frustrated as my arthritis keeps me from being even close to as physically active as I used to be and there is soo much more I would do if I could. I feel like I don't "do" enough, Hubby pointed out how ridiculous that would sound to people who see what I accomplish from my sewing chair. And I had to admit that yes I DO A LOT of sewing for my grandkids and others but honestly I never looked at it much as "work" and more as my entertainment and pleasure. But He has enabled me to be quite busy with it I guess and I AM grateful. I do believe He put you in a perfect job for you. I KNOW I'd enjoy it too, but am pretty certain I could never keep up with it physically. So guess the Lord has us both right where He wants us. Always a good feeling...Have a good week!

RCUBEs said...

I always hear about "retirement plans" at my workplace, people concerned about how much they're saving...In reality, in God's Kingdom, there is really no retirement. I believe our active and able God always puts His willing servant to where He wants him/her to be in His time. What life's true purpose you must have gained from both careers! When people say "It's impossible for you to be a teacher from being a nurse, your servant attitude just knows deep in your heart that "Yes! I can!"....By His grace, there is nothing impossible and I know how a blessing you are to those awesome kids and vice versa...Late but "Happy Labor Day!" sister Debby for as Christians, we never stop working for our good Lord. Take care and blessings and prayers.

Janette Wright said...

Amen!! You have done well and what an encouragement for us all. Yes, children seem to mend the wounds of the heart, even if they aren't your own biological, God made them to remind us all to enjoy life!!! I am excited for your new year...enjoy!!

Lisa Shaw said...

Every time I read anything about your story I smile. God has and continues to use you in such specific and wonderful ways to bless others Debbie. Your willing heart I'm sure is pleasing to Him. You quoted one of my favorite passages. I have it written in the cover of my Bibles -- "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people." Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

I enjoy everything that God has allowed me to do and even those things which had challenging moments I still gleaned from as He moved me ahead. With 50 around the corner literally, I find myself at another great place in what God permits me to do and I'm so thankful.

You're a great encouragement Debbie to me and to many others. Keep it up. Have a great rest of the year and get ready for the excitement that 2016 will bring in God too.

Love you.

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