What do your kids think of when they hear it is Labor Day weekend? My kids told me today “Monday is a day off from school!”
When I searched for definitions of “Labor Day”, this is what I found:
In 1894, the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the first Monday in September as Labor Day and making it a holiday for all federal employees. It is a day with significant meaning for the American working people and is an important day of reflection.
But is it more than just a day off from work?
What do our kids hear us say about our “work”? Is our attitude usually positive or negative? I wrote a blog about this a year or so ago. I recently saw this video and thought it was offers a great view of seeing our work through God’s eyes and with his values.
I love how Kimberly describes her work. She says she wants to do it with “excellence.” She wants to value the “authentic relationships” she is making with the people she works with and for. She says “I want my work to be a reflection of my faith in God.”
So how can we teach our kids that work is something God values and wants us to do for his glory.
This Sunday, elementary students will be reading a book called Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. In this book a young girl named Alice sets off to live her life and accomplish two goals—travel and come back home to live by the sea. Her grandfather reminds her that while both of these things are good, there is one more thing she must do. She must do something to make the world more beautiful. The story ends with Alice doing something that makes the world more beautiful and sharing this vision with her own young Great Niece at the end of her life.
Children will consider that God has important work for us to do for His glory. They will talk about the verse from 1 Chronicles 28:20:
Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
So why not ask your kids a few questions and see what they think about work? Use it to talk about how God sees our work.
Here are a few other verses you can use as you talk with your kids:
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.