Happy Labor Day! Americans everywhere have been taking this day to kick back, relax, and spend some quality time with family and friends since 1894. But when you think about it, the tradition of taking a day off to rest goes back much further than that—all the way back to Genesis. After a busy week of creating, well, everything, God “rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Genesis 2:2).
Labor Day of course, isn’t only about rest. In fact, it’s about work. It is a day we set aside to honor all of the laborers whose contributions make our country prosperous. And in the spirit of this holiday, it can be a great opportunity to have a meaningful conversation of the importance of work with your kids.
When talking to children about God, keep in mind these three easy and intuitive ways to show your kids the deeper significance of work and rest:
Set an example
When your kids see you performing work around the house, or heading out to the office in the morning, you are setting an example of what it means to work. Let your children see you work with joy, and tell them that working hard and doing your best is a way of honoring God.
Show proper priorities
“Fun, fun, fun, after the work is done.” Say this little rhyme to associate play with the completion of work as opposed to the avoidance of it, and to teach the lesson of satisfaction in a job well done. You can reinforce this idea, by coming up with a fun goal or activity that your child can strive for as they complete a task. For example, maybe you can clean the living room together, in order to make it a super relaxing and fun place to watch a movie.
Work together to help others
God asks us to give back a portion of what we earn so that we can be generous to those in need. Volunteer with your kids, or do something kind for a neighbor, like helping them take out their trash, or offering to run errands.
Do you know of any other great ways to teach your children about the importance of work? Share your stories and thoughts in the comments below.