“He who loves his work never labors.”

~ Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

In the movie, The Ultimate Gift, a grandfather portrayed by James Garner seeks to carefully leave an inheritance and a legacy to his grandson without ruining him. In so doing, he also transfers wisdom through a series of tests of his grandson’s character. Only thing is, the grandfather was already deceased. He had no way of ensuring that his wisdom and inheritance transfer was successful but he set in place an elaborate plan that had built-in accountability. If you have not seen the movie, it is a worthy film to see.

One of the key lessons that the grandson “caught” had to do with work. What seemed like a burden initially proved to be one of the most significant lessons he would need to learn.

As we look to commemorate Labor Day, we don’t typically spend much time contemplating work, but instead enjoy a break from the monotony of our labor. But I wonder if we really ever take the time to pause and consider just how much work has indeed been a gift to us. Moreover, are we passing that mentality down to the next generation?

It is easy to take work for granted. We have to do it. We don’t often think that we get to do it. We can consider the provision and how work has transformed our lives, but work has also helped to shape our character.

Work is not merely a means to an end. It is part of the purpose of God in our lives and an essential part of our life mission. As we take a break this weekend, may we truly embrace the work we are called to. Even when it is hard or seems meaningless. Nothing is wasted when our God calls us to it.

Like the grandfather in The Ultimate Gift, may we seek to pass on a work ethic that glorified God and instill gratitude for the ability and privilege to work. No work that we put our hand to will be void of meaning and none of it is in vain. Though work seems to have no end, one day our work on this earth will be through. The sun rises and the sun sets, but the work of our hands remains when it is done unto the LORD. Happy Labor Day, all!

Yours for Wise Stewardship,

Jeff Rogers