Labor or work has its origin in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:15 says “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (NIV) God did this before the fall as a command and life principle and thus work is good and not a result of the fall. What changed after sin entered the picture was our attitude toward work. We can thus best define one’s character by their attitude toward labor as a life principle. It is important to set this proper context before talking about the holiday known as Labor Day.
Of the eighty-eight structures at the recreated historic Colonial Williamsburg, most are homes. In colonial America, the home extended a form of trade and business to the community as a part of its mission. Children were taught trades at a young age. The home was the first church where worship and prayer took place. It was also the first system of economics where children would learn the values of stewarding goods and money. Furthermore, it was the first civil government where justice would be applied and the first foreign policy where strangers would be entertained. So it was at the Robert Carter III home pictured here in Williamsburg.