“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands…”
_____1 Thessalonians 4:11a
Paul’s God-inspired advice here sounds very good to me and desirable. Of course, I’m an older woman, retired, and have a hobby (my art) that I thoroughly enjoy. I have very little desire to be rushing around, meeting deadlines, fulfilling the expectations of others……in fact, maybe no desire for those things at all. The way I prefer to do my art hobby is with solitude and quiet. Many of my artist friends get all set up to paint, and then turn on music. I prefer to paint or draw in silence.
Our children are all grown, in fact, our grandchildren are all grown, so I have almost no responsibility in their lives. But I have not forgotten the demands of those years caring for three children and our household; the expectations of our church and community as well as several years working in art and advertising studios.
Considering how blessed I am with such a quiet life, it might be thought I have no trouble at all finding peace and quietness. But at times I do. My joy and peace can be stolen away when I allow it to be; when I carelessly read, or watch, or think about things that are disturbing, or when I try to do too much. When I was younger I managed to foolishly get involved in a lot of activities that were a constant challenge to maintain. It seemed to be the goal of young mothers back in the day……to be so busy everyone would be very impressed with our accomplishments. Or not. I finally realized I could do a lot of things poorly or a few things really well and chose the latter. I learned to say a convincing “No” to requests for more of my time. Things got better.
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength……….”
The Lord’s strength was what I needed then and still what I need now. He graciously offers it to you and me if we follow His Word.
I know Abby Cat does very little work with her hands, but she certainly knows how to take it easy and enjoy a quiet life. At times our other cat, Tomboy, disturbs her attempt to mind her own business but she has a strong will and overcomes even his playfulness.
My resolution for July is to enjoy the Lord’s blessings, small or great and not permit anything to disturb my peace. I’m not even going to “try” to be at peace; but believe His word and promise in Isaiah 30:15a.
‘Til He Shouts!