Happy Labor Day!
As I sat contemplating what I wanted to write for today, I kept thinking about when I worked a Monday through Friday job. I always tried to show up, be on time and do the best job I could do.
Now, I’m retired. How does that change my life? Do I quit “laboring”?
I did quit “my job” years ago. It gave me the opportunity to care for my mother which was a labor of love. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to take her to places she loved more often.
It was after that when I became a little lost in my labors. It was an adjustment, but I finally realized I didn’t have to go to a 9 to 5 job. I attended church, but still didn’t feel satisfied. God finally revealed to me that I had to do my part too. It wasn’t until I got involved that I felt like I belonged. As a Christian, there are so many opportunities to labor for God’s kingdom.
That is where I finally found true fulfillment. I’m not a master of many things but I can still serve. I can call, I can listen, I can cook, I can love, and best of all, I can pray! And pray I will.
My father used to say “no matter what you do, do it like you are doing it for Jesus”. (Refer to Colossians 3:23) I have never forgotten that advice. Even if I am not an expert, I can serve in some capacity.
As Christians, we should view our jobs as an opportunity to serve God through perseverance and patience, and serve others through a Christ-like attitude.