“ Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you.
This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.
For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6 -13)
One of the things my mother was quite insistent on when I was growing up was that I did not “laze around” as a teenager. I remember after my first year of high school she was pretty insistent that I not just sleep in and be a “do nothing.” So she made arrangements for me to volunteer somewhere – I don’t remember if it was at a preschool or at a nursing facility. What is ironic is that later in life I did work at both a nursing facility and at a preschool. And that I am now an administrator for an in-home care agency. The seeds of some of my jobs were planted in my teen years.
And as an older adult, I find it hard to just remain idle. I like to be thinking or doing something. That is part of the reason I think I have been writing this blog for so many years, and took it up as a single person pursuit several years ago. I wanted to be doing something – writing and contributing in some way to spiritual thinking and pondering. I am not sure if that is what my mother intended all those years ago. But something eventually clicked in me and said “it is good to keep mind and body active.”
May you, beloved reader, be open to how God calls you to serve and may you not be idle when there is God’s work to do! Selah!