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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 ...work 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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