Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Quiet Life

My father made a living by driving bus. He received no great commendations, was never on tv, and his income was quite modest. Often, he would wake at 4 or 5 in the morning, read his devotions, and head off to work. He went about his work humbly, and without complaint.

Paul writes to the Thessalonians, "make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business, and work with your hands" (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

It is a freeing thing to know that a janitor sweeping the floors at an insane asylum, for the glory of God, may be a very pleasing sight to the Creator.

Having our chains cut from this world, frees us from the pull of seeking to be made much of by way of great wealth or notoriety.

Our new desires seek to make known the One who cut those chains and bought our freedom.

1 comment:

Dave O said...

Like a mustard seed, a quiet life has a significant impact. Your Dad's quiet consistent faith lives on in his son and continues to have an effect in the world.