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And I’m Happy

March 21, 2020

“And I’m happy,” son LJ4 texted me. We were concluding a lengthy conversation about life in general, his job, and relationships.

That summary of his situation was so stunning that I asked him if I could share it with you. He graciously gave me his expressed permission.

“And I’m happy.”

Are you?

A step in that direction comes from our old friend St. Paul: Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. (1st Thessalonians 4:11He gives examples of how to do that, which I hear as staying in my own lane…there’s usually plenty to do right here.

He says to work with your hands. That’s gonna take different forms for different people. I am in absolute awe of people who can build and repair stuff; I’m not one of them. That particular non-skill is one I inherited from my dad.

St. Paul’s point is that each of us has a purposeful and suitable endeavor, even if some of us are still trying to find our current one.

Maybe some of our frustration comes from ignoring the simple advice of 1st Thessalonians 4:11, Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.

How are you doing with that quiet life stuff as we start our Shelter in Place Order in Illinois today?

By the grace of God, may we be able to say with LJ4, “And I’m happy.”




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  1. Lt Col F permalink

    Thanks, Pastor Joe. This verse reminds me of an indelible sermon I’ve got on mp3 somewhere about how God wants good men (and women) not necessarily GREAT ones. I’ll see if I can dig it out and provide some gist.
    I’m also reminded of some stray advice that stuck to me years ago: “Do the kind of work during the day that allows you to sleep at night”. Seemingly simple, but you can read a lot into that as far as our physical and mental well being.


    • I’d love to hear that mp3. And you and I’ve noticed that many “seemingly simple” things are in fact deceptively so, while being in reality quite profound.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Sir!


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