“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 3:11-12
I love the language here! Make it your goal. Paul is insisting, not suggesting, on the necessity of work. We are people created with purpose, and oh so easily distracted. No where in the Bible does it ever imply that we get out of work. It was the first thing Adam did after he was created in the Garden of Eden. If he didn’t get out of it, we certainly don’t.
What are things that draw you into meddling into people’s business or laziness? If we are to make it our goal, that implies creating a plan to achieve it. Here’s mine:
-Limit time on social media.
-Don’t watch the news. The media adds worry, fuels nosiness and distracts. I limit my intake to a few trusted websites and newspapers.
-Invest in hobbies. Pick something you’re good at, love doing and take it seriously. Finding a way to do what you love, bless other people by it and spend your time wisely on it is deeply fulfilling.
-Shut down gossip. Sharing other people’s stories is destructive. It destroys unity, divides community and endangers relationships.
What does your list look like?