Have you ever felt broiling ambition driving you forward? At work, perhaps you wanted to work your way into your boss’ job. Or you wanted to be teaching leader at your women’s Bible study. Maybe you wanted to become president of your child’s parent-teacher association. You didn’t care what you had to do to get there - how many hours you had to devote to it, how many sleepless nights worrying. . . you wanted that position.
You knew, however, that your ambitious feelings weren’t of God since they seemed to take over your every thought. One day, while reading Scripture, you notice that we are admonished to:
. . . aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs.
Suddenly you knew that you have no choice. The ambition you felt must be placed in God’s hands. You knew that He would promote you if He saw fit. What peace that brings!
Let it be your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own affairs and to work with your hands.
I Thessalonians 4:11
Heavenly Father, thank You for the desire to do better, to be better. Protect me, however, from myself and my selfish ambitions. Please show me how to strive after those things which glorify You - and to strive after them with a pure heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.