Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
9But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other,d for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10Indeed, you already show your love for all the believerse throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.
11Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
BE QUIET IN LOVE
It’s Hump Daaaaay and for most that means get busy and get it done. Get the kids out the door, feed the dog, make those calls, write that report, get to that meeting, impress the boss, make that sale, fix what broke, pick-up the kids, get them to practice, grab dinner on the fly and collapse. Life can be so busy!
Busyness is often the enemy to love. I can be so busy that I forget to breath in the blessings and take time to love the people around me. I appreciate the story of the movie Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. Smith is a successful partner of an advertising agency until he loses his six year old daughter to cancer. It devastates him. It is both a sad and beautiful movie. It reminds us that life is precious and fleeting and yet filled with abundant (collateral) beauty and opportunities to love. The characters all have burdens and busyness that keep them from seeing beauty and love – until some angels arrest their attention.
The young Christians of Thessalonica were concerned about their success in this very populous and prosperous city. Their temptation was to compromise faith and holiness to grab a little “happiness.” The apparent success and prosperity of the pagan culture made them wonder if they were missing out on the real good stuff.
Paul’s message is amazingly simple. Love more, just as God taught you, and live a quiet life. Slow down, breath in the beauty, and love. Simplicity and love will lead you to thrive and others will appreciate the way you live. Really?! Paul suggests we not chase the squirrels of life, but embrace love and a quiet life.
Maybe love really does change everything!
Father, help me to abide in you love today. Lead me to be quiet, slow down and breath in the beauty of your creation and your love. Let me breath deeply of it and live it out with others today. AMEN.