In the US today, we celebrate a national holiday called, “Labor Day.” The official year that it was started in America was 1882 & laborers had to strike to get the day “off” for a pause or rest from work. And I think it’s the universal human experience that we all need a pause from work. Perhaps we agree on this because of Divine design.
If you think about it, even God took a pause on the seventh day of the Creation week, when He rested. And to reinforce the need for rest, God established the Sabbath as one of the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath is one day a week to rest from our work & set our attention / affection toward fellowship with God.
So let’s celebrate not only success and productivity, but also rest because without rest our souls become thin, weary, unsettled and broken. Happy Labor Day!
My kids are officially on Summer Break & oh the joys of no school work, staying home, making pancakes, playing outside, having lemonade stands, being with their friends and so much more!!! Yahoooo!!! I’m also challenging them to read for one hour a week so they keep their reading skills sharp – an important tool for success.
I believe that God gives each of us seasons of rest, but we must be mindful to consider that rest isn’t the same as amusement. For me, rest is constructive. Rest can be creating some space to think, be, listen & connect. Rest can also be the decision to trust that God is bigger than any challenge, hardship, difficulty, darkness or uncertainty. Jesus said that we can come to Him & find rest in Him, the One Who loves the entirety of who you really are 🙂