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 and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12


An article in today’s New York Times (Out of Panic, Self-Reliance) quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson during a depression in the 1830’s. His thoughts were interesting and made some good points, but I thought that the above Bible verse was even more on-point. Add the following verse, and you have God’s recipe for dealing with tough times.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Psalm 46:1-2

Work hard. Trust God.

That’s it.


  1. Just a beautiful picture for a Sunday morning!!!!

  2. Good point.

    This morning in a jr high age Sunday School class we were discussing the economic situation. These were middle class families. One thing I also pointed out to them is that if their families are feeling the pinch (they are–wondering how they are going to pay for private Christian school, etc…), that they are better off than the majority of the U.S. and the world. Things that are just beginning to feel hard for many of us are things that have been hard for a lot of other people for a very long time.

  3. Well said, Miss Mary!

  4. One of our elders shared the same message this morning! Thanks for the verses and the reminder… they are too true, and bring great motivation and comfort in a sometimes overwhelming situation.