What to do on Labor Day (other than shop)

Labor Day is supposed to be a day off from work.  Its origins are from the labor movement to celebrate the people from our country who were making it what it was.  In many ways, our country is offering us a bonus Sabbath.  On this Friday of Labor Day weekend, Blessed Earth Tennessee wants to offer some suggestions to help us all maximize a Sabbath Weekend. 

Get outdoors

Find a local state park or hiking trail and spend the day enjoying nature. You’ll be surprised what a few hours in nature can do physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for a person. Pay attention to what you hear, see, smell and touch. Take the time to do these things. Take lunch, snacks and water and forget about the time and listen to your body.


Pack a lunch and find a great natural spot to eat.  Invite family and friends to come along with you. 

Family Games

Families seem to be so busy now. There is hardly time to do fun things together between work, school, and shuttling kids to extracurricular activities. Take this time to slow down and just be together.  Card games and board games are so much fun and laughing together as a family create special moments.


There are plenty of volunteer opportunities within your community. If you want to stay home, think about things you can do for others while there. Perhaps this is a time to write notes or draw pictures for friends, family or elderly church members. You can make freezer meals for those dealing with unexpected emergencies or illnesses.


Naps are great for people of any age or have quiet time to pray, read and meditate.


At the end of the day, take time to reflect. What were your favorite parts of the day? Least favorite? What did you notice? Listen to your children. Perhaps some of the things you really enjoyed about the day can be intentionally implemented into every day life.

Finally, remember Jesus makes the offer to come to him all who are weary and heavily burdened and you will find rest.