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The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: mmilbrandt@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265

Labor Day

Labor Day was set aside for as to be given a chance to see and understand the value and dignity of our labor. We want to work. We take pride in our work and the value it adds to our lives and to society. If not, what do we have? I pity those who do not work, and can’t. It is good for as to step back frequently to analyze what we do and the value it has. We see this through our families, our careers, our contributions to the greater picture we see as church, community and helping the causes that face and befuddle mankind.

Most of us will not do any great things. But as Mother Teresa admonished us, “do no great things, only small things with great love.”

We all dream that we are capable of great things and all of us are, but as we know humans only really use 2-5 % of their real abilities. God blesses us richly, but we avoid so much of what we could or can get involved with. We must face that we are capable of so much more, but we don’t pursue all we can.

We need to consider and plan what we will do to give back what we have received so richly. We are made in the image and likeness of God himself. What will we do with that gift?

—Dave Swenson

Montevideo