To lead a quiet life…

15 05 2009

Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 –11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Observations:

I’ve read the passages following these verses many times.  But, often, I’m reading them at a funeral or memorial service.  Rarely have I taken the time to read the whole chapter – or, sadly, book – in context.

To me, these verses reflect well what is said in Micah 6:8 and Psalm 46:10.

This peaceful and quiet life glorifies God.

Applications:

Much of my life has been spent running the rat race.  I’ve not been trying to keep up with, or stay ahead of others, per se.  But I have been trying to stay ahead of the demons in my soul.  Somehow I believed that if I was victorious in merit, my life would have worth.

As I’ve drawn nearer to my Lord and Savior, I’ve found that my merit comes from being a child of God.  I’ve also discovered that my time on this Earth, in these circumstances, is quite short – based on an eternal timeline.  Anything I accomplish here, now, is temporary.

Travel, accomplishments, comfort, attainments, and success – these are all measured on a scale – for most of society – that has set a shortsighted view on life.  Anything I accomplish here – on this Earth – will be destroyed.  Instead, as an eternal citizen of the Kingdom, I want to prepare for that life – which has already began.

The grief I seem to be receiving now, feels as if it is revolving around this issue.  I would like to see His kids step into a slower, more peaceful life.  A life of spiritual growth, harmony, unity, and community.  Yet, for some reason, this seems distasteful to some.

Prayer:

Father God, just for today, let me walk, your narrow way.

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