“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 believers will respect the way you live,
and you will not need to depend on others.”
A Quiet Life . . .
The refrigerator hums. The dishwasher whirs. The phone pings. The doorbell rings.
A quiet life seems counter-cultural today. We’re not accustomed to the quiet. We’re used to a backdrop of noise. It’s constant and ever-pervasive.
Yet, Paul is clear in his instructions to the church in Thessalonica: Make it your goal to live a quiet life.
Of course, Paul wasn’t referring to iPhones and refrigerators. He was talking about the importance of tending to our own business and working with our hands, which was another way of saying, “Work hard and stay honest.”
A quiet life doesn’t necessarily mean a solitary life either. It’s simply an honest, hard-working life. And it honors the boundaries of self and others. Perhaps the quiet is a boundary in and of itself.
When we’re quiet, we can’t say anything we shouldn’t be saying. So the quiet serves as a natural boundary, and it allows us to be available for others to an even greater degree.
In the quiet, we listen better.
In the quiet, we understand better.
In the quiet, we can hear His still small voice better.
The quiet is a necessity to the fruitful life. It won’t come automatically though. The quiet must be diligently sought if we’re to push back the noise in our everyday and carve out a sanctuary in the midst of our day.
The rewards, however, of the quiet life make the effort worthy of its commitment. Because the quiet life satiates the most hurried and frazzled soul.
And it’s in this place of soul-quiet, His peace comes.Leave a Comment