Labor Day 2013 and all my words of wisdom…

ImageI saw something funny today; it was a picture of an empty chair sitting in someone’s yard, the caption said, “Because of the lack of jobs in this country, we are calling it Empty Chair Day. Please put an empty chair in your yard if you agree.” I won’t, I’m too far off the road for anyone to see it!  Back in the day, when I was in school, you didn’t start school until Labor Day, now the children go back the first week in August, of course they get out earlier than we did at the first of May. So when you hear “Labor Day”, what comes to your mind? Well first I have always heard that “you can’t wear white shoes after Labor Day”, which didn’t matter to me because I never had a wardrobe of shoes from which to choose anyway, I just wore what I had. OK have to insert a parenthetical statement stay with me; what is the deal with women wanting so many pair of shoes anyway? What the heck? You can only wear one pair at a time and if they are all black you never have to worry, right? Next thought has to be of Jerry Lewis and the wonderful telethon he ran every year to raise money to try and find a cure for MDA, I hated to see him retire, and still haven’t gotten over losing my funny Johnny Carson. I watched a PBS special on Johnny a few weeks ago and relived some funny moments, especially the one with Ed Ames throwing the hatchet at the wooden cowboy (actually it was an Indian but I am trying to be politically correct!)  But I digress, Jerry Lewis’ comedy was a part of my childhood and I always looked forward to seeing all the stars that came out to cooperate in support of his cause. Sometimes we watch commercials showing starving children and my heart breaks and I wish I were a millionaire so I could solve all their problems. None of us can do it all by ourselves, it takes cooperation. What does that word mean? “1: the action of cooperating: common effort 2: association of persons for common benefit.”  How many of us actually SEE cooperation in action? I grew up listening to my parents worry and pray about the lack of it among the members of any church where they were the pastors. People will cooperate with a project if they are going to be the head of the committee but when it came down to working behind the scenes or actually raising/giving time or money, not so much. Is this a new problem? Read the Apostle Paul’s letter, 2 Timothy 4:10 “Get here as fast as you can. Demas, chasing fads, went off to Thessalonica and left me here. Crescens is in Galatia province, Titus in Dalmatia. Luke is the only one here with me. Bring Mark with you; he’ll be my right-hand man since I’m sending Tychicus to Ephesus. Bring the winter coat I left in Troas with Carpus; also the books and parchment notebooks.” In King James he says, “Demas hath forsaken me”. Now there is another great word, “forsaken.” Jesus said: Matthew 7:12 “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” The first Labor Day was celebrated September 5, 1882 to honor the working force, today is September 2, 2013, let us honor each other by learning the simple rule of cooperation, working together.  Matthew 18:19 When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” A song from Sunday School days said: “When we all pull together, together, together, when we all pull together, how happy we’ll be. For your work is my work and our work is God’s work, when we all pull together how happy we’ll be!” Thank you for being a “reader” today and I pray your Holiday will be happy and safe!

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