Clothing Ourselves This Labor Day With The Goodness And Love Of God!
Happy Labor Day, Friends and Family! Are you celebrating Labor Day on the lake boating and skiing?
Oh, how my kids and I spent many fun-filled times on Folsom Lake.
Maybe your day was filled with great sales and shopping?
Who doesn’t love retail therapy?
How about a day filled with family and friends celebrating while barbecuing after the annual Labor Day parade?
I celebrated with a bike ride in Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe and felt as young as my granddaughter.
Admittedly, I never realized the significance of Labor Day beyond being a much-needed three-day weekend announcing the demise of summer, hot dogs and wearing white.
Then again, who follows trends?
White is ALWAYS right!!!
Interestingly enough, Labor Day started as part of a worker’s labor union movement. Labor Day pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of the American men and women in the workforce. Around the 19th century, many U.S. workers were working twelve hours a day, seven days a week making barely enough to get by.
Those were not the good ‘ole days…
Due to poor working conditions and to compel employers to renegotiate better pay and hours, around 10,000 bold and courageous workers decided to take essential unpaid time off from work and march in awareness and protest from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first U.S. Labor Day parade!
Their endeavors weren’t immediately reciprocated or without cost, including deaths and destruction due to riots, but I have so much more appreciation understanding this great cost. Change always costs someone or something.
Embracing God’s amazing grace is the essential key in running this race victoriously.Tweet
And yet with another deadly mass shooting in Texas this past week, celebrations seem futile when there are so many hurting, suffering and grieving beloveds who have lost loved ones due to evil and in need of strength and compassion.
Topped with this tormenting hurricane, Hurricane Dorian, layered with its imminent destruction leaving hearts completely exposed and tattered due to the sting of chaos and opposition, lives are surviving in crisis mode.
Talk about a breeding ground making people more stressed and even crazier!
A heart can only take so much…
This season of threat being in constant limbo not knowing where, when and how to evacuate, or to even find a place of safe refuge these days, we have a lot of hurting and scared people. Going through catastrophic events exposes many needs requiring everyone’s help and patience.
Admittedly, last week I was full of woe and worry for my own family. This week I am filled with gratitude and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many hurting beloveds because God filled my own bleeding heart with His word.
I hear the Lord saying to all of us, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”Psalm 32:8-9 TPT
God oftentimes has to often grab us by the bit to redirect our stubborn fits.Tweet
So in order to eliminate the terrible duo of fear and loss, I don’t know about you, but I believe working together with human kindness through God’s love and goodness is a great start.
Colossians 3:12 reminds us to start each day as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothed with compassion and kindness, to name just a few. The only way we can be dressed with compassion and kindness is to layer these virtues with His Great Love. Love holds these virtues into place like glue. When we let Love guide our life, the peace of Christ will rule in our tender hearts.
Hurt, healed, ready to help. Ask and you shall receive!Tweet
Love Is The Glue Holding Compassion and Kindness In Place
People are fearful and need someone to help bridge the gap between chaos and peace. Without love, none of this can be accomplished. God’s kind of love is not a feeling, it’s an action that moves forward. God’s Great Love is selfless, requiring us to love whether we feel like it or not.
Where there’s sorrow, a sign of God’s Great Love is to show compassion. Where there is malice, kindness flows from the love that exists in our hearts. Where there is hate and bitterness, love remains long after words of assassination and is not easily irritated or quick to take offense.
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others (1 Corinthians 13:7 TPT).Tweet
Letting God’s Great Love Guide Our Lives
Allowing God’s Great Love to guide our lives through human kindness offers freedom. Laying down one’s life to act as a bridge so another beloved who is filled with fear and loss can walk safely over to the other side where love and kindness can comfort. That’s what Jesus would do and did for mankind.
Until next time…