1 Thessalonians 4: 11 – 12: Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect teh way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
This world is often a loud, hostile and crazy place. I say often because there are places in the world that are not. Okinawa is one of them. Children walk on major streets unaccompanied by adults, people run late at night, and no one really drives fast enough to kill another person in a car crash. Living in Okinawa will slow you down…a lot. It will quiet you…to a point of disturbance if you are the type of person who always has to have something to do, somewhere to go, someone to talk to.
The lifestyle made me realize why God really does want us to live quiet lives that allow us to mind our business and be productive. A quiet life allows you to hear from Him. It decreases the chances of you allowing stress to dictate how you live your life. It lets you establish and hone your prayer life. It’s bold – because when it works, it speaks volumes and communicates a completely different message than the messages that tell us “be number 1”, “only the strongest survive”, “by any means necessary”. And just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean it doesn’t speak loudly. It does because it’s productive and produces the type of fruit that are desirable to Christians and people who are not Christian.
When you live this kind of life, eventually someone will notice that something is different about you and that they want it for themselves. When they ask you about it, don’t hold back…tell them how to live right too.Advertisements