All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
1 Thessalonians 4:11b-12
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.
Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.
How often do you find yourself worried about what/how others are doing things vs. concentrating on your own behaviors/actions? How often do you catch yourself comparing yourself to others either positively or negatively?
We need to learn to mind our own business! I’m not saying turn a blind eye when something needs to be addressed, but we need to stop the nit picking! We need to focus on our own strengths and failures as they compare with the standards that God has lined out for each of us individually. We need to stop comparing ourselves with the success of those around us and ruining our self-esteem and self-worth. We each have unique and special gifts that God has granted each of us individually. If we all were the same it would be like eating chocolate chip cookie dough at every meal. While it tastes good, we need variety to appreciate how special it is!
Don’t get me wrong we need to look at the behavior/actions of those around us just not through a magnifying mirror. We need each other o to be inspired, convicted, accountably, crafty, etc… We can draw off each other’s strengths and difference and become better versions of ourselves! But we need to be careful so that is what we are doing and not trying to become a cookie cutter version of them. We all have individuality that was God given!
Lord, thank you for creating us all with different strengths and flavors. Thank you for giving us each other to draw closer to you. Help us all to see ourselves through your eyes and not through the eyes of failure. Help us to realize our uniqueness and purpose in your kingdom. Amen