Commonwealth Policy Center

Today marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s Labor Day, which became a federal holiday in 1894 after the labor movement fought for safer work places, an 8 hour work day, fair wages, and the end to child labor. Those goals were eventually realized. But Labor Day also recognizes that we’re hardwired for work. This is part of what it means to be made in the image of God. Work brings dignity and self-sufficiency. Through work, we’re able to provide for ourselves and our families. But we’re also hardwired for rest. God worked for 6 days to create the world, but he rested on the seventh. So enjoy your day today with family and friends, and give thanks to God for work and for rest. Happy Labor Day!