The First Labor Day. September 6, 2004 is the annual Labor Day celebration in America. This day is set aside as a holiday to celebrate the American worker. It’s typically a day filled with joy because everyone is off work and enjoying the start of American football season. However, if you look at labor from a biblical perspective, you find that the first labor day could be traced back to the Garden of Eden. Here is where sin entered the world and therefore two aspects of labor were introduced. First, a woman’s labor with child birth was now going to hurt. Second, man would now have to work for his food and it was going to be filled with thorns and thistles making his labor painful as well. Gone are the days of free meals, man would now have to sweat for his daily food. Today, mankind has taken work to an all new level, making it easier to work anywhere at anytime all for the sake of progress. However, do you take work too far and forget what is more important in life? We are reminded in 1 Timothy 6:6-12 (KJV) that “godliness with contentment is great gain.For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” Consequently, there’s work, and then there’s work. Real Audio lesson – The First Labor Day Click here to listen to the lesson from Sept. 5, 2004. You may also download the handout as well.