A Labor of Love
by Uriah J. Fields
Monday, September 05, 2005
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When is Labor Day? Keep on reading and discover when is Labor of Love Day?
A labor of love is a work of redemption.
It is work propelled by love.
Work need not necessarily be toil and sweat or a burden.
Yet, there are times when a labor of love is painful, but even then it brings the laborer joy. He feels personally rewarded.
What is work? It is activity, more correctly, a process that produces something of value, that gives birth to productivity. That process is as significant, in some instances, more significant, than what is produced or how the product may be used.
What is produced may be used in a way so that what was meant for grace becomes a disgrace. That, however, does not lessen the value of work. What is the relationship between work and play? Can work be a substitute for play? These are legitimate questions to be asked, particularly, in light of the fact that work can and should be joyous. Work is not play. Both work and play, each having its own specificity; each meets a special need of a person.
Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between work and play. Much of what is called play is work. For example, when the intentionality of those engaged in a sport is focused on competition and winning this becomes work, not play. This principle applys to engagement in many other so-called games and activities. It need to be emphasized that work is not play or vice versa and that there is a need for a person to engage in both work and play experiences. One cannot be a substitute for the other any more than the physical can be a substitute for the emotional or vice versa. Essentialy, play is an end within itself and is capabe of nourishing, rejuvenating and heightening a person's spirit. It is true that all work or too much work and none or to little play makes Jack or Jill, dull and less alive and healthy than they could be if they engaged in a sufficient amount of work and play. Take time to work and take time to play. Work as if you are working for God; as if you are serving Him through your work. Work as if you are serving a King or Queen or a very dear friend. What a joy it is to serve a real friend.
I am writing this essay on Labor Day but it is written with the awareness that every day is a Labor of Love Day. Celebrate work....and play. It is to the extend you do that you will celebrate life...in all it fullness.
Copyright 2005 by Uriah J. Fields
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|Reviewed by Peter Paton
|Par Excellence wisdom and shrewdness expounded in this informative pen
|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|How about playing for God??? Lots of wonderful thoughts expressed herein, Uriah. Much enjoyed the work of the read ;-)!!
Peace and Love, Dear Friend!