50% of my job is leading the Kerith Academy, a Bible School/Internship programme at my church. So I sit in on some of the sessions and this week one of the teachers mentioned a verse that has stuck with me since. But before I get to that…
In church we hear a lot about having the huge, awe inspiring vision and doing all you can to pursue and lead the 'larger than life' style of living. That kind of life where it's not normal, it's special, different, making a great impact on the whole world and changing it.
Then sometimes we hit verses that seem a little neglected and may challenge that idea. Kind of like Thessalonians 4:11.
“…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…“…..A quiet life….Oh.
What does Paul mean by that? A quiet life? Well, in other bits of the Bible it's used to mean a 'restful life, stopping working all the time', and 'not coming and going rushing around working so hard all the time', and even 'remaining silent and peaceful in situations'.
Seems a long way from working without ceasing to pursue your dreams, working so hard that you can barely have time to breath, and doesn't sound like the idea of standing and shouting from the rooftops to be heard.
Maybe if more of us heard this a bit more, we'd avoid those times when our biology stops us as we get ill through over work and over stress. Maybe we'd avoid burnout. Maybe we'd avoid disappointment when we don't meet our goals and targets. Maybe we'd actually feel satisfied with what we've done at the end of the working day.
Why not make it your ambition this week to try to lead a quiet life? Bet you won't hear that message on the closing night of a Christian conference!