Our theme for this month: “Taking care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “But we encourage you, brothers and sisters, to do this even more, to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, so that you may behave properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.” 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Your work should improve your life not diminish it.”
I know a young man who has decided to be a barber. He has a winsome personality, he loves people, and he has a passion for cutting hair. So he is going to be a barber. He is also a talented musician and singer, and he is very smart. He is the kind of young person who would excel at whatever profession he chose, and he knows he could make more money doing something else, but he has chosen to do what he loves. Good for him.
I know another young man who is also a talented singer, songwriter, and guitar player. He is also a writer, an artist, and an actor. He too is very smart and would easily excel in whatever field he chooses. But he has decided to be a welder. He chose that field first of all because he likes it, but secondly because he knows it is honest labor that will provide him with a decent income, and it will still afford him plenty of time in his life to pursue his various creative interests in his spare time.
Both of those young men have chosen quality of life over the pursuit of high incomes and lots of possessions. Unlike the man I told you about yesterday, the one who spent his life chasing riches and in the process lost his family and his health, these young men have set themselves up for living balanced lives that are rich in the things that really matter.
I don’t mean to suggest there is anything wrong with pursuing higher education (I have four college degrees); nor am I saying that we should not aspire to a career in the professional ranks such as medical doctor, attorney, business owner, or even as a pastor. The point of these two devotional messages taken together (yesterday and today) is that whatever we do for a living, we need to be sure it does not consume us and get our lives out of balance. Quality of life is more important than quantity of wealth and possessions.
If you are already trapped in a job that is eating you up and causing your life to be out of balance, I recommend you read the book, “Half-time: Moving from Success to Significance” by Bob Buford. It’s all about how to make a mid-life course correction that will help to greatly improve the quality of your life.
The picture Paul paints for us in 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 is of a person who is living a quiet and content life that includes honest labor that provides for him and his family, and it is a life that others would deem honorable and well-lived.