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In our hustle-bustle world, being busy is often glorified, and silence? Well, it’s usually neglected. But hey, the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians throws us a curveball with a countercultural challenge—a call to embrace a quiet life:

“And make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV

Did you catch Paul’s little irony there? He tells us to make it our “ambition” to lead a “quiet” life. Yup, the two seem to contradict each other, but together, they create a powerful calm.

So, how do we follow Paul’s guidance?

One simple way is to “mind your own business” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). I know, it sounds quaint in our age of constant comparisons, but instead of meddling in others’ affairs, let’s focus on the mindful work we’ve been called to do. Paul also says to “work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). This means approaching our work with diligence and excellence, knowing that everything we do is unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23).

In this quiet dedication, we can earn the respect of even those who don’t yet know the Lord, showing them the transformative power of faith in God through our actions (1 Thessalonians 4:12).

So here’s the invitation: embrace the call to live a quiet life, mind your own affairs even as you minister to others, and work diligently with your hands. It’s a simple yet profound way to bring calm into our chaotic world and demonstrate the peace that comes from a life rooted in faith.

Ready to take on this challenge? Let’s start today!

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