Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Here and There, and Now and Then

Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business . . . 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Make it your ambition to live a quiet life . . .

Rarely does anyone yoke together the words ambition and quiet -- they seem like opposites. Were we to make a list of the ambitious people we know, most of them would not be considered quiet people.

Yet, real life teaches us that it takes a lot of ambition and intentionality to be quiet. Quietness is not easy to find. Here and there, and now and then, it might prove to be of great benefit to devote chunks of time to ambitiously pursuing the desire to sit quietly, hear no one -- not even our own voice.

Make it your ambition . . .to mind your own business

All of us are drawn into the lives of others. But our well intended involvement in the business of other people can devolve into nothing more than busyness. All too often we do not give enough attention to our own business, and that can be hazardous.

Here and there, and now and then, it might prove to be of great benefit to devote chunks of time to ambitiously pursuing the desire to sit quietly, hear no one, say nothing, and do a personal inventory of our own business.

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