The idea for a Labor Day holiday began in the late 1800s when unions advocated improving workers’ conditions. The tradition continues today and marks a seasonal shift from summer’s vacations to fall productivity.

Everyone needs a break to rest. These boaters enjoy the freedom to cruise along Little Lake Harris near Howey-in-the-Hills in Florida. Open sky, smooth water, and a mighty motor make for a great ride.

As we pause from labor, let us remember to thank God for giving us purpose, as well as play. 

Moses reminded the Israelites how they escaped Egyptian slavery to find a better life. “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything” (Deuteronomy 2:7 NIV).

We too can pause and reflect on the many ways God has blessed us.

To enjoy other scenic lake views, consider Living Water to Refresh Your Soul. Tracy L. Smoak’s 30-day devotional features unique color photography of Central Florida with Bible verses and prayers.

"Living Water is spiritual and upbeat," said Greg Homan. "Tracy L. Smoak's talented eye for photography captures the incredible scenic Central Florida subject matter. Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the inspirational ride."

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One-minute video devotions at serene lakes can be found on this YouTube playlist:

To read about the labor movement and reform, consider these resources: