This month's theme:
A Quiet Life
As a small pebble sends silent
ripples flowing out across a pond, a quiet life will create ripples of blessings
across our lives and those of whom we come in contact with.
But concerning brotherly
love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you
do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you
also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you
may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
We need to have a quiet soul in order to hear God speak.
God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder
us and prevent us from listening to Him. -Francois Fenelon
The purpose behind leading a quiet life, minding our own business, and
working with our hands is to (1) walk properly towards those who are outside Christ and (2) so that we lack nothing. It's
a simple way of life that we need to aspire to. There is no place for laziness or being concerned with matters which we have
no business delving into. A quiet mind will have busy hands taking care of our needs, our family's needs, and others
who have needs. It will give us the proper balance of brotherly love and minding our own business. This quiet attitude
will prevent us from taking advantage of others and using them to promote ourselves, whether it be in physical desires or