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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. 1Thessalonians 4:9-12


Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (Col 4:5)
What if our non-believer friend saw us being too lazy to work?
What if our non-believer friend saw us meddling in his business and trying to tell him what to do with his life when we aren't taking care of our own?
What if our non-believer friend saw us over-spending and not paying our bills?
What if our non-believer friend saw us take care of our own needs and not care about anyone else's need.



          A Changed Life 

Let me be a little kinder,
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those about me;
Let me praise a little more.

Let me be when I am weary
Just a little bit more cheery,
Let me serve a little better
Those that I am striving for.

Let me be a little braver
When temptation bids me waver;
Let me strive a little harder
To be all that I should be.

Let me be a little meeker
With the brother who is weaker,
Let me think more of my neighbor
And a little less of me.

Let me be a little sweeter,
Make my life a bit completer,
Keep me faithful to my duty
Every minute of the day.

Let me toil without complaining,
Not a humble task disdaining;
Let me face the summons calmly
When death beckons me away.



Saving only ourselves or helping save others also? 


Are we helping to save others by our example of diligent work and living a quiet life? 


Let us pray God that He would root out of our hearts everything of our own planting, and set out there, with His own hands the tree of life, bearing all manner of fruits.
-Francois Fenelon


We cannot all be famous
or be listed in "Who's Who",
But every person, great or small,
has important work to do.

For seldom do we realize
the importance of small deeds,
Or to what degree of greatness
unnoticed kindness leads.

For it's not the big celebrity
in a world of fame and praise,
But it's doing unpretentiously
in an undistinguished way.

The work that God assigned to us,
unimportant as it seems,
That makes our task outstanding,
and brings reality to dreams.

So do not sit and idly wish
for wider, new dimensions
where you can put into practice,
your many good intentions.

But at the spot God placed you
begin at once to do,
Little things to brighten up
the lives surrounding you.

If everybody brightened up
the spot where their standing,
By being more considerate,
and a little less demanding.

This dark old world would very soon
eclipse the evening star,
If everybody brightened up
the corner where they are!

By Helen Steiner Rice


June 2017