Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "labor day"

5 Important Attitudes About Work

Today is Labor Day and good opportunity to think about our views of work. I wrote this article for Homelife Magazine on five important attitudes about work. Here is an excerpt: American Christians have a rather uneasy relationship with work. On Sunday, the lay person hears an impassioned message about sacrifice, self-denial, and the mission of God. He might be treated to a stirring testimony of a wealthy CEO who gave up a promising career to enter "full-time" ministry. Then, Monday morning happens. He takes his place on the factory line, at a desk, in a garage, or behind the wheel. The guilt and shame surge up inside of him, for he thinks that if he were truly committed to Jesus, if he were part of the A-team of Christians in the world, he wouldn't get a check from a "secular" corporation or small business, but from a Christian company such as a church...

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Why We Work

When I think of Labor Day, I think first of my father, a union plumber who has spent nearly every day of his adult life working with his hands. I'm a bit biased, but I happen to think he's the best at what he does. Every job he does to near-perfection, not satisfied until he has done the best he can do. Over the years he's developed a reputation as someone who want to hire if you need to do a major plumbing job at your home or business. The older I get, the more I appreciate Dad's faithfulness in working. As his son, I appreciate he worked and sweat to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. I appreciate that he taught me the importance and value of hard work. He was fond of quoting the verse 2 Thessalonians 3:10. "Lest a man work, neither shall...

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