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As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, I am reminded of a story about an employer who brought his employees in once a month for a pep talk. He would inform them of the future plans of the company and try to excite them about their work so that they would be enthusiastic about what they were doing. On one occasion he called them in and said, "We have just purchased several robots. These robots will free you of some of the day to day menial tasks you are doing so you can concentrate on more important things."

Instantly he sensed from the expressions on their faces that they were concerned about job security. So he quickly added, "Now don't worry about your jobs. Nobody is going to lose a job as a result of these robots. There will be some reduction in the work force, but that will be taken care of through retirement and natural attrition. You'll all keep your jobs."

"In fact," he said, "this will even work to your advantage. As we perfect the work of these robots you will probably not even have to work a full 40-hour week and you can take a day off now and then with no reduction in pay. As we get this system perfected even more, maybe you can have two days off. You'll only have to work three days a week. In fact, our ultimate goal is that the time will come when you will only have to come in one day a week, on Wednesdays. That will be it and you'll still receive your full salary."

One of the employees in the back row raised his hand. He had a question. "Sir, will we have to come in every Wednesday?"

What is your view of your work? At the job site, in the home, in the church, etc. There was a common practice in the first century church that is stated in II Thess. 3:10 which says, "...if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." I wonder if that applies to complaining about work as well?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward