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Labor of Love

There is honor in working with your hands, your mind, and in being dedicated to service. There is nothing as enjoyable in life as developing a gift or talent and offering to teach others so they may develop their own gifts. Teachers give of themselves to our children and mentors share their knowledge to those who would seek wisdom.

There are many versus in the Bible that talk about labor and how it is good for your finances, for your emotional well being, and Ephesians 4:28 talks about laboring in order to give to others because you cannot give what you don't first possess;

"Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer,

but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,

that they may have something to share with those in need."

Platinum Star Forge located in Virginia, is one example of a place where anyone can experience what it means to truly labor with their hands. Local Blacksmith Taylor Rood teaches his trade to others so they in turn can create things of beauty. Their courses are truly a labor of love (

President Grover Cleveland said it best in his 1884 presidential nomination acceptance speech:

“A true American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor

and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.”

To celebrate the blessings of work, on September 5,1882 Labor Day was made a national holiday. We at Encouragers Counseling & Training Centers and Encouragers Family Counseling share our gifts with those we counsel. Our trade may not be a labor of the hands but it is a labor of the heart that we give to others. May your day be blessed as you work to bless others as well.

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