On Being Green: In Honor of Labor Day, Celebrate Relaxation Day

By Valerie Comer

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Labor Day has come and gone. For most of us, it’s a holiday from work and we don’t think much about the history of the day. And I’m not going to make you do so today, either. If you’re interested, though, check it out at Wikipedia.

Enough to know it is a day to celebrate work–or the fact that we have employment. Important, to be sure, and never more poignant than when a household is running on empty between jobs.


But seriously. Just the fact that we celebrate labor in fourteen or more countries around the world tells us a lot about the kind of world we live in.

Hamster, hamster wheel, hectic, rat race, choose now ministriesRun a little faster! Add some more important stuff to your schedule, and don’t forget to sign your kids up for something every single day after school. Wouldn’t want them bored, would we?

In fact, let’s breed another generation of wheel-runners. Society needs more hamsters, mindlessly going nowhere in a big fat hurry.

That’s scriptural, right? It’s honoring to God. Name me the chapter and verse! Sure, the Bible talks about the laborer being worth his or her hire, but nowhere are we admonished to work harder and faster in an unending cycle.

Today I’d like to encourage you to celebrate Relaxation Day. You could call it Simplicity Day if you prefer, or even Serenity Day (with hats off to Joss Whedon).

Elk Lake Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada


The purpose of Relaxation Day? To unwind a little, to disconnect from the rat race, to reconnect with our Creator. He wants to give us rest. Won’t you take some time to feast your gaze on nature and remember the One who made it for your enjoyment?

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ESV)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5 NIV)

The Lord your God. . .will quiet you by his love. (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

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1 comment

  1. Ah, Relaxation Day. I enjoyed a few of those this past weekend!

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