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, – Thessalonians 4:11
I ran across this verse on the fridge of a friend’s home this morning. Besides the fact that it so obviously spoke to something I’m back-burner learning these days, I was struck particularly by how this verse correlates two words we so often see as in conflict with each other: ambition and quietness. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. Usually when we think of someone living a quiet life—it means they were ambitionless. They missed the boat, passed up chances, thought inside the box. If they had only DONE something and become SOMEONE—if the world had only woken up, looked around, and taken notice. The people who have acclaim, who made a stir—they’re really something.
Yet Paul links his exhortations to flee immorality and to strive (more and more) towards loving one another by saying: make it your AMBITION to lead a QUIET LIFE. Strive after it. Do it well. Just as though he were whispering to my easily-distracted heart:
You have enough to do with working on loving people, and no greater calling than growing in your reflection of the Almighty God.