Holiday

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that  you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that  you love one another."  -John 15:16-17
 
"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." -James 1:19-20

Scripture tells us in Genesis that God worked for six days and rested on the seventh.  As Christians, we should see our jobs as a chance to serve God through perseverance and patience, and serve others with a Christ-like attitude.

Below are a few verses from the Bible to help you reflect on your work during Labor Day and any time of the year! 

"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil--this is the gift of God,"  ~Ecclesiastes 3:12-12
"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."  ~Proverbs 14:23
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."  ~John 4:34
"Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank." ~Proverbs 22:29
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." ~Matthew 5:1

If you live here in the United States of America, you know that July 4th means gathering together with friends and family for barbecues, picnics and, of course, FIREWORKS! 

It's a time for celebrating our freedom as a country, but also a perfect time to celebrate the freedom Jesus Christ died on the cross for us to have. 

Our God is a God of freedom and liberty, and those are some of the very traits our country was founded on!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  ~Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

"Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" ~Psalm 118:5-6 (ESV)

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."~John 8:31-32 (NLT)

Praising God for the blessings he's bestowed upon us as a country, and praying that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!