Ouch! Before I say anything more I have to say that Joani
Schultz, our Chief Creative Officer, says, “We don’t use those
words in our family.”
But in the family of God, it begs to be said, “Please just shut
up! Be quiet!”
We’re so quick to condemn someone like Matthew McConaughey for
saying thanks to God in his Oscar acceptance speech. And we’re quick to
defend a Duck commander who says things in a way that
we wouldn’t allow in our own families…harsh, unkind,
I can’t even imagine why any outsider would respect us…not
until we learn to shut up about what doesn’t matter. Not until we
make it our ambition to lead a quiet life and mind our own
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Poor Matthew. Some say he didn’t have the right to talk about
God. They question his relationship with God. They discount him
because of his work.
People, I remember for months before I came to Christ that I had
a deep respect for him even though I didn’t know him. Even though
my life wasn’t anything that you or I would’ve called honoring to
He was wooing me to himself. I didn’t know it and neither did
anyone else. But if I had received vehement condemnation for using
his name…before I knew him…I doubt that I would’ve responded to
The Bible is clear: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we
told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of
outsiders.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
We just need to be quiet. Mind our own business.
Let’s move toward “outsiders”…those who haven’t come into our
family yet…with lovingkindness, mercy, and grace. Let’s be part
of God’s wooing instead of being part of someone else’s work who is
known for his “accusing.”
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.