STOP AND THINK – We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. (Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American author)

In the United States today is Labor Day, a time to honor the workmen of our country. But Castaneda is speaking of another kind of work. It’s not the labor of your hands or the back-breaking toil of the laborer. Rather, it’s the equally hard work of controlling our minds and attitudes. We can’t blame it on others—or on our jobs; happiness is our responsibility.

Jesus: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)