How do you choose to live?

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1 Thessalonians 4

11that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.


Wow, when was the last time you heard this verse quoted or preached? Who today lives a quiet life, who minds their own business and working with their own hands provides for the needs of their own family and for the needs of others and lacks nothing? What an amazing concept!


OK, so a little too much sarcasm for so early in the morning. But really, how many of us work to lead a quiet life outside of the hustle and bustle of the news, the politics, the neighborhood drama, the crime rate, the family issues and more? Can you imagine living like this? Close your eyes and imagine what this might feel like. Do it again. Maybe God knows what He is talking about. Maybe living a quiet life, minding our own business and walking properly toward the unsaved of this world makes sense. Maybe this kind of life would really show others that we have the Prince of peace in us.


I have often thought that if I lost everything but had my family that we could start over again and make it all work still. How tenaciously do we hold on to the things of this world thinking that we have to have it all and to know it all? How much of all of this really mattered to those who lost their homes to fires and to floods? If all they had was what they possessed then they lost everything. But if they had their peace and their families then they only lost their stuff.


Let’s try today to walk quietly and peacefully toward all people. Let’s try to mind our own business and doing that well meet the needs of ourselves, our families and then even be able to give to others in their need.


Great news! Dave’s surgery went well, I stopped to see him this morning sitting up, eating breakfast, moving his head back and forth and thinking he has less pain already. Hallelujah to our Lord who gave the docs the wisdom and ability to help our friend. Pray with us for quicker recovery.


Have a great day in the Lord,


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