It’s Labor Day in my country, a day in which we honor everyday working people. In other words, the vast majority of our population. This year has been uniquely difficult for them. Not only for restaurant servers, tradespeople and retail clerks, but for those in the arts and humanities, as well. So many have seen their futures put on hold—but not their bills. Neither have their hopes and dreams been put on hold. And God forbid they ever will. For without them there will be no future.

      “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”      ~Shirley Chisolm

“A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of others, living and dead, that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” ~Albert Einstein

“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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14 Responses to Dignity

  1. Great quotes! I especially like the one from Martin Luther King.
    A while back I drove down a street where at least five restaurants had “Help Wanted” signs in the window. When I got to Walmart I saw a man standing at the parking lot entrance with a sign that said “Unemployed.” Genuinely wanting to help, I told him about all the opportunities up the road. He looked at me as if I had suggested he fly to Mars.

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    • Nancy Ruegg says:

      I have witnessed the same reaction. But it makes me wonder, how could standing outside in all kinds of weather with nothing to do but watch cars and people go by, be superior to actually interacting with others and contributing to some enterprise? So many agencies and ministries are ready and willing to help individuals become productive citizens. But from what I’ve been told, those individuals have to want the help, and there’s the rub.

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  2. usfman says:

    And who should set a role model for Americans who earn their keep? a President who plays golf on weekends amid our current labor crisis.

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  3. revruss1220 says:

    AMEN! And a happy Labor Day to you, too!

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  4. Excellent quotes to honor working people!

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  5. I love the King quote. Hard work isn’t beneath anyone. God bless!

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  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I pray for those weighed down by their worries, O God. I thank you that you are our Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides; you are our Adonai, the sovereign God of the universe. You own it all, and hold everything in your hands; everything is possible with you. I thank you in advance for your provision out of your unlimited resources, for those who seek you. And we will praise you for every miracle on behalf of these hurting ones. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray these things, AMEN!

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  7. Divyen Gadhavi says:

    Great quotes without labor you can’t maintain the everyday services of whole labour.

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  8. Divyen Gadhavi says:

    #world instead labour

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