“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Gen. 3:19
Evidently my Dad really took this verse to heart – especially the “sweat of your face” part. This past week we celebrated Labor Day and I hope remembered the dignity of work. Work is a critical part of our earthly journey, a part of God’s expectation and we steward the gifts of our earth and our own bodies and it is often sweaty. While all of us do not work in sweaty fields, we all are called to be responsible in living out our vocations as Christians and providing the effort it takes to do our work! Hopefully that is not just drudgery even if some aspects of our work make us sweat, make us tired, give us a headache or test our patience and endurance.
Since Labor Day was just the day before yesterday, I hope and pray that you are finding the rewards of your work today. It’s not always easy, not always fund, and not always high paying, but it is a part of who we are while we are here. After the sweat and all of our labor is done we do return to the dust of the earth and to the Father’s house! I’m glad you took time to read this, but I know you need to get back to work!