Does your work matter?
This question is taken up by Tom Nelson in his book titled "Work Matters" and I would highly commend it to your library.
I will get out of the way of Dr. Nelson and let him speak to you himself through a section in chapter five titled "More, but Not Less Than a Carpenter":
"I don't know why I didn't see it for so long, but one day as I was reading through the Gospel of Mark, I stumbled across a verse that stopped me dead in my tracks. In Mark 6 we are told that Jesus, who was spending his time as an itinerant rabbi, came back to his hometown of Nazareth. The hometown crowd listened to Jesus teach in the synagogue, and they were stunned by their hometown boy who was displaying such extraordinary wisdom and power. In their eyes Jesus, was first and foremost a carpenter from Nazareth. Mark records the hometown crowd exclaiming with a tone of incredulity, "'Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?' And they took offense at him" (Mark 6:3).
As I slowly pondered these words, I began to reflect on the significance of Jesus spending so much of his time on earth working with his hands in a carpentry shop. Here was the Son of God sent to earth on a redemptive mission of seeking and saving the lost, of proclaiming the gospel, yet he spent the vast majority of his years on earth making things in an obscure carpentry shop. We know from Luke's Gospel that even at the age of twelve, Jesus was demonstrating his amazing rabbinical brilliance to the brightest and best in Jerusalem (Luke 2:47). How did Jesus's brilliance fit in with a carpentry career? At first glance this doesn't seem to be a very strategic use of the Son of God's extraordinary gifts or his important messianic mission. Why was it the Father's will for Jesus to spend so much time in the carpentry shop instead of gracing the Palestinian countryside, proclaiming the gospel and healing the multitudes?
The New Testament records Jesus spending only about three years in itinerant ministry, what we might refer to as full-time vocational ministry. But for the many years before that, Jesus worked as a carpenter. Speaking of Jesus as a carpenter, Dallas Willard brings a fresh perspective:
If he were to come today as he did then, he could carry out his mission through most any decent and useful occupation. He could be a clerk or accountant in a hardware store, a computer repairman, a banker, an editor, doctor, waiter, teacher, farmhand, lab technician, or construction worker. He could run a housecleaning service or repair automobiles. In other words, if he were to come today he could very well do what you do. He could very well live in your apartment or house, hold down your job, have your education and life prospects, and live within your family surroundings and time. None of this would be the least hindrance to the eternal kind of life that was his by nature and becomes available to us through him.
Several years ago I remember reading a fine book that was winsomely titled More than a Carpenter. In this book, the author points out a great deal of convincing evidence that supports the deity of Jesus. This is essential to understanding the person and work of Jesus. Yet in no way should we conclude that because Jesus was more than a carpenter, his vocational calling was somehow less than important. Clearly the Son of God was much more, but not less, than a carpenter. This incarnational pattern of Jesus's earthly life speaks volumes about the importance of our day-to-day work."
So, as you enjoy your Labor Day, whether working or relaxing, ponder these pertinent points and the very fact that your work matters to you, your family, those you serve and, most importantly, to your God.