Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The title of todays video is misleading. It was actually my most viewed video under work and is very motivational. I could never figure out people who constantly complain about their job but never quit to find a better one? I so enjoyed reading Zig Ziglars' book "Raising Positive kids in a Negative World" years ago. Todays video can apply not just to ones job- but so many other facets of life. I am so thankful for my job and my co-workers. I would like to post this video in honor of Labor Day.
Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas Black Friday.
AAA expects 33 million Americans to travel “at least 50 miles” during Labor Day weekend. This represents roughly 870,000 more travelers than 2011, or a 2.9% increase. those travelers are expected to spend more this year, too. This year’s median expected trip cost is $749, up from $702 last year. the nationwide average per-gallon cost of gasoline is 14 cents higher ($3.71 as of Tuesday, August 21) than the same time period in 2011.the average trip length at 626 miles, while noting that 54% of survey respondents plan on trips of 100-400 miles round trip. travelers can expect to save 8%-10% on average by postponing their travels until after the holiday weekend.
WORK AS WORSHIP
As the noted author Richard Foster observes, "Work places us into the stream of divine action. We are 'subcreators,' as JRR Tolkien reminds us." It should not be terribly surprising then that the Hebrew word for "work," avodah , can also be translated as "worship." When we work well for the sake of others, it's one of the ways we worship God. We live into our design, and into the image of the One who made us, who, we're told, also was a worker.
Reflecting on the deeper meaning of our work through the lens of faith, then, can have a profound impact on how we approach our jobs. It's the difference between "I've got to go to work" and "I get to go to work," and that's a big difference.
A worthy exercise on this Labor Day, amidst the resting and the celebrating, would be to take a few minutes of reflection on the deeper meaning of one's labor, and how one's faith shapes our understanding of the value of our jobs. We ask, "How is my job creating good in the world?" or "How is my job helping fix what is broken in the world?"-- The Rev. Bill Haley (from an essay published in WashingtonPost.com, August 31, 2012)
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