Friday, February 22, 2013

Take a Load Off

I think most people want their lives to feel more exciting. More significant.

We are all fairly certain (due to social media and good ol' fashioned gossip) that everyone else's lives are cooler than ours. They just got their hair done and yours hasn't been cut in 6 months. They just checked in on Yelp at yet another restaurant and you're staring at week-old leftovers in your fridge. They just flew to LA for some very important meeting and your still in your PJ's cleaning Cheerios off the floor from breakfast. 


Sometimes our lives can feel so painfully ordinary. 

Even in the Bible, we tend to be drawn toward the stories of heroes. Moses parting the Red Sea. David slaying the giant. Esther rescuing the Jewish nation. The miracles of the apostles. 

It's not just Twitter that can make us feel like our lives are pretty lame. Sometimes the Bible makes us feel like we're missing out, too. 

But how 'bout this little nugget of goodness...

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live. 1Thessalonians 4:11-12

Ahhh, pressure valve released. You mean God approves of a quiet life? Yes, absolutely! He even commands it. 

Living well and influencing others doesn't mean your life has to be an action movie. 

So whenever you're feeling discouraged about the monotony of your day-in / day-out kind of life, remember that God sees you! He's proud of you for getting the laundry done and bathing your kids and scrubbing Sharpie marker out of your carpet. He's proud of you for your commitment to go to work everyday and do your job with excellence. He can use our lives (even our quiet lives!) to influence those all around us!

Live in a way that causes others to respect your life!

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