Keeping our focus on living the way Jesus lived; humbly and with solid purpose for doing the will of our Father in heaven.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
What great advice! Paul’s instructions here need little amplification from me or anyone else, but I might just add this…
Leading quiet lives is out of fashion these days with tweets, texts and people sounding off all the time. I used to tell my kids that their friends don’t need to know about every little thought that passes their consciousness. Of course teenagers tend to think their parents don’t know anything and they texted or posted or spoke frequently, and frequently got a face full in return… Hardly an example of leading a quiet life.
Back in Paul’s time, working with your hands would…
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