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1 Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind you own business…”

Those of you that know me may know that I am quite a quiet and reserved person…most of the time at least! I’m definitely an introvert and am always very comfortable with my own company.

I regularly criticize myself for being too quiet and not talkative enough. I often think that if I’m not talkative or lively then I’m not an effective witness for God. I feel like I should be leading all the conversations among friendship groups. It’s not that I’m not talkative when I’m chatting with someone, on the contrary I love to have good meaningful conversations with people…I just don’t spontaneously start them.

Are you too quiet? Too shy? Too reserved?

This verse gives me confidence because it shows that a quiet confidence is better than a loud insecurity. Often the only reason we try to be lively and talkative is because we feel the need to fit it, be liked, feel cool and say the right thing! Often the only thing our ‘liveliness’ shows is our insecurity. People fight to be the center of attention, to control the discussion, to be accepted. All it really shows is a desire to people please.

In those situations, people who have a quiet confidence and security in their God-given identity stand out from the crowd, even when minding their own business. Simply put, they do not pursue the acceptance of people, their security is rooted elsewhere.

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