Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
When we think of someone being ambitious, we tend to imagine a competitive, driven individual who let’s nothing get in their way to accomplish their goals and achieve the success they so obviously desire. From having your fifteen minutes in the spotlight to being a leader in your field, ambitious people like to be out in front of the pack, the star of the show.
Rarely if ever do we think about someone’s ambition being “to lead a quiet life.” And yet, as we follow the example set by Jesus, we know that fulfillment in this life is not about glorifying ourselves or inflating our egos. It’s not about how much money we make or how many goals we set and attain. It’s about how we love.
When we’re devoted to loving and serving our Father and his kingdom, our ambition is centered on his goals, not our own. We may still be in the spotlight, the leader’s role, or a place of prominence, but the difference is that we’re not defined by it. As stewards of God’s blessings, and not entitled, self-made success stories, we achieve something glorious for eternity, not temporary for our own benefit.
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Pray: “Father, I pray that everything I do today be for your glory and not my own.”