As we close the books on another year, it’s time to reflect on what we could have done better. I won’t pry into yours if you won’t pry into mine; but our not-prying is a direct lead-in to my new favorite verse and resolution for the new year. Perhaps you’ll join me in this.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, mind your own business and work with your hands. (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
I love that! So, let’s dig a little deeper into the why of it…its benefits.
Benefits of a quiet life.
A quiet life is precious to God.
A gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4)
A quiet life is where we find strength.
The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
A quiet life is where the Lord leads us.
He leads me beside quiet waters. (Psalm 23:2)
Benefits of minding my own business.
I will love life, see good days, and one day live on God’s holy mountain.
Lord, who may dwell in Your sacred tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others. (Psalm 15:1-3)
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. (1 Peter 3:10)
Benefits of working with my hands.
Wealth, reward, and enjoyable work are the product of working hands.
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:4)
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. (Proverbs 12:14)
My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. (Isaiah 65:22)
There is also a bonus for leading a quiet life, minding our own business, and working with our hands. Our daily life may win the respect of outsiders, and we won’t be dependent on anybody.
Join me in this resolution?
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, mind your own business and work with your hands. So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).
Here’s to a happier new year!