For most of us, Labor Day signifies the last day of summer, the beginning of another school year, and the last chance for parades and family picnics. Most of us don’t think about the origin of the holiday. It was meant to handle the problems of working long, unsafe hours with no paid time off granted to laborers.
It may seem that this battle was won years ago with the improvement of both working conditions and limitations on working hours. However, it seems to be rearing its ugly head again. This time it isn’t so much with manufacturers but with skilled white-collar workers who are constantly connected to work through technology.
The introduction of cell phones and accessing work email from your mobile device has blurred our ability to enjoy our time off, and often keeps us “on the clock” even as we struggle to relax or enjoy time with loved ones. We may feel duty bound to respond to emails at night and be available around the clock through the notifications we receive on our digital devices.
Being constantly connected can inhibit our ability to be present mentally, as well as physically, missing precious time with family and friends. It’s easy to spend time on what seems urgent and not enough time on what is really important.
Be in the moment and leave work at work. It is often difficult to quiet the clatter and enter the Father’s presence, but that is where true rest begins. “…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Renew your strength today by putting your hope in Him!