Today is Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. In thinking of Labor Day I was reminded that each of us has been given a purpose, a job to do.
We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
We've each been uniquely designed to carry out our own work; perfectly formed for specific God given responsibilities. Our potter has given us form, strength, and durability necessary for our duty.
"Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?"
Without our potter to shape and mold us, we would be without purpose. As humans we struggle at times with whether we're correctly utilizing the vessel we've been given. We dream of noble purpose while performing mundane tasks, yet wish for common duties when given the responsibilities of noble purpose.
Our job is to find beauty in the way we've been crafted, joy in the gifts we've been given, and fulfillment in the duties for which we've been designed.
At this point I find my own vessel in common use. My day to day work is nothing glamorous, showy, or worthy of public display. Yet, the work I do is necessary for the well being of my family.
Kevin finds his pot in common use as well as he labors in service to others creating masterpieces out of earth and clay. Last week marked the anniversary of his 12th year of dedicated service to GreenCo. I am proud of his commitment to his job, the work ethic he is modeling for our children, and the way he has provided for our family.
There may come a time in our future where we need to re-evaluate our circumstances and reconsider what work we are equipped to do.
We may wear thin on the bottom.
Our edges may begin to chip.
It's possible we'll take on an unfortunate crack that can not be ignored.
"...so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him."
Thank God we are His work in progress. He isn't done shaping and molding. Along the way He will refine us, our purpose may evolve. Perhaps the reshaping will require a bit of time in the kiln. Time to refocus priorities and redefine purpose.
In common use or noble purpose, today we think of all who work.
All who are a work in progress.
All whose contributions build strength, prosperity, and well-being for our country, our families, and eternity.