Daily Devotionals

November 23rd, 2023

Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 GNT 

Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before. In this way you will win the respect of those who are not believers, and you will not have to depend on anyone for what you need.

I enjoy visiting small towns. Depending on where you go in the country, you can still find a small town that seems frozen in time. A time that takes us back to the simple life. A time when people stopped to greet others after buying an ice cream float at the local soda fountain. A time when store owners swept their sidewalks while townspeople sat on the bench reading the local paper outside of the automotive garage. Not feeling rushed, not feeling pressured. Just enjoying the day and those you encounter.

I think our culture is shifting, desiring a simpler life. That is evident in the multiple initiatives across the country to revitalize our small towns. Somehow the pace of life seems to be passing at a supersonic speed. We want a simpler life, but we do not know how to obtain it.

When we look to God’s Word, we find living a simpler life does not involve the world and its ways. If we keep our focus on the kingdom of God and truly believe in its promises, we know we will be rewarded for our sacrifices. Instead of finding value in the tangible things of this world, be persistent in simplifying your life despite the difficulties you are facing. Be an example to others of how God wants us to live. Show them the simple life.