The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Labor Day Musings
As just about everybody has noted, yesterday was labor day. I did my best to honor the day keeping busy on our new Newberg house: I painted two rooms, put shelves in a closet and was going to put a new deadbot on one of doors. But alas, I couldn't find the philips head screwdriver. So my son (who had his first "real" day of school today) and I played frisbee golf instead.

Isn't it interesting that labor and work, which used to be fairly close synonymns, now have such different connotations now?

One of the hallmarks of the Reformation was how it rescued work from the ancient Notion of a necessary evil and (re)discovered it to be the profound blessing that it is (or at least can be). One of the modern tragedies is how industrialism and the labor movement has killed most of the (potential) joy in work.