Of the many aspirations we have had for 2016 I am not convinced that living a quiet life was one of them. Actually, culture teaches us that to live louder is a more fulfilling life. The truth is, it is quite the contrary. Those who cannot deal with silence many times do not have a hold on contentment; on the flip side of that coin, those that are able to live quietly lead much more satisfying lives.
In the biblical book of Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul is admonishing the church to aspire to live quietly. The motivation for this kind of life is that it pleases God the Father. I love this motivation. In today’s day and age it is hard to get any one to do anything unless it is in there own selfish interest. This kind of mind set results in an endless search that never results in peace. I believe this is the case because we’re made to be motivated by God’s glory first. We are creatures designed to find our greatest joy in bringing exaltation to the one who is most worthy, God.
Many parents get to observe this kind of motivation when our children hand us there report card and wait in eager anticipation to see the pleasure we receive when we see there good grades; or when our child makes a shot in there basketball game and looks directly at there Father to see the joy on his face. Children in healthy homes are motivated to bring joy to there Father. In the same way we should be driven to please our Heavenly Father. A quiet life pleases God the Father.
What is a quiet life? It is a life content with being unnoticed, a life spent listening more than being heard, an existence in which we mind our own affairs instead of the affairs of others, and working consistently to provide for ourselves.
Imagine that, listening more than we speak. Is that possible? I am more comfortable waiting for the person I am conversing with to say the last syllable of the sentence so I can jump in and demonstrate my “know it all”. Listening is many times more powerful than speaking. When someone realizes you are really listening to them and care about what they are saying, they are more prone to hear the words you say in response, because they know you care.
How about minding your own business? Wow, how much better would the world be if we minded our own affairs. It should be a relief to us not to be in other people’s affairs. We have enough to figure out in our own lives. Jesus put it like this; take the 2×4 out of your own eye instead of trying to take the spec out of your neighbor’s eye. This is an essential ingredient for living a quiet life.
Furthermore we are to work and work well. People who work diligently and efficiently settle into more quiet lives. First, there is less time to be a busy body, secondly you are able to provide for yourself and do not have to be noisy about being a burden to others.
I encourage you; the scriptures exhort you, aspire to live quiet lives, listen more, speak less, mind your own affairs, and work well. This kind of life is quiet, influential, and pleasing to God.