After reading a line by another writer, I took his thoughts and crafted my own sentence. I scribbled in my notebook, “You choose not only who you want to be but also how you want to be as that person.”
I firmly believe that God created us with free will. He is so powerful that he can limit his sovereignty over our choices, thus allowing us to love out of our own hearts. We can choose to follow him or reject him. We can walk the way of Jesus or the way of sin.
Once we step out in faith and become a disciple of the Lord Jesus, then we have a secondary choice. How are we going to live as a believer? Are we going to be an overachiever always pushing for greater success? Are we going to be passive and do very little for the kingdom of God?
One line that has adjusted my thinking is in Paul’s letter to the Church at Thessalonica. There he says,
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New International Version 2011)
Paul’s instructions for the believers in that city and all believers are elemental. Work hard. Earn your keep and don’t depend on other people to pay your bills. Then, when you are done working. Mind your own business and take care of your needs at home. Do what he calls “leading a quiet life.”
You do not have to be busy all the time. You do not have to work non-stop. You do not have to fill every minute of your life with noise and distractions. It is enough to work hard and take care of your own family. A life like that is so rare that people will see it outside of faith and they will respect you.
Your life is the result of the choices you make. You chose not only who you want to be but also how you want to be that person. Chose wisely.