Today, we celebrate the American national holiday known as Labor Day.
If you are curious to know more about its origins, read all about it on the official U.S. Department of Labor website.
The celebration of labor and enjoying the fruits thereof is nothing new.
As King Solomon repeatedly observed millennia ago, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
So, as you rest from your labors today with family, friends, and your fellow countrymen, ponder these timeless words of wisdom from King Solomon taken from Ecclesiastes 5:18-20:
18 Here is what I have seen to be good and [a]fitting: to eat, to drink and [b]enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few [c]years of his life which God has given him; for this is his [d]reward. 19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his [e]reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not often [f]consider the [g]years of his life, because God keeps [h]him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
And, as a bonus, it turns out that an attitude of gratitude is good medicine for the body and soul.
To whom and for what are you grateful today?