Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

For those of you who are stopping here for Menu Planning Monday, you will find my menu below.

But first, a few words about Labor Day.

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day was instituted as a celebration of "the economic and social contributions of workers."  Labor is something that we all partake of throughout our lives and many of us think of it in a negative light - that which is hard or difficult.  I use to look at it that way.  Instead, I prefer to now think of it as the opportunity of working with our hands and the sacrifice of our time for the greater good.  I know that is very idealistic thinking, but labor is not a burdon, it can be for the betterment of our lives, our family, our communities and even all of mankind.  It is a blessing.

Partaking of meaningful work is a challenge, because sometimes all we are able to obtain for ourselves is a job of questionable benefit and we do it to earn a paycheck.  The goal, though, should be to find something to do that is really useful to others which can bless and help.  That makes all of our hard work fulfilling and "worth it".

Work can be through a professional vocation, a volunteer position and at home with our families.  In fact, I think that the truly difficult and most rewarding work of all is within the walls of our homes.

Whatever our circumstances, even if we have a professional job that leaves a lot to be desired, we should look for and find ways to contribute in a way where we feel our efforts have mattered to someone.  Making a real difference is what allows us to go to bed at night and to rest in peace, even as our bodies and minds are fatigued from the challenges of the day.

In fact, I think that using our God-given gifts and talents to uplift and help others is the crowning achievement of this life, in whatever way we find to do that.  This should be the goal of every single one of us.

It is my prayer that the Lord will bless our efforts and help us to be focused on the blessings of our labors and help us to always consecrate our time, efforts and energies to blessing his children and furthering His purposes.

Have a wonderful holiday!


Menus for This Week:

Monday - Grilled Hot Doggies, Potato Salad, Fruit

Tuesday - Chicken Lo Mein, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday - Salmon Cakes, Zippy Rice Pilaf and Thai Cucumber Salad

Thursday - Brown Rice and Lentil Salad, Tossed Salad, Bread & Butter

Friday - Homemade Pizza and Fruit Salad

Saturday - Tacos and Crudities

Sunday - Grilled Steak, Potato Salad, Tossed Salad & Fruit Pizza

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