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2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

With Quietness Work

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2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

With Quietness Work

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Suggestions: Feel free to substitute examples of birds or animals that are common in your area.

Wild birds and animals really know how to take care of themselves. Deer come into our fields and they spend most of their time grazing for food. They eat grasses and leaves and dandelion blossoms. When it is stormy they find shelter in the forest.

When you think about it, most wild creatures spend a lot of time and energy finding food. They can’t go to the grocery store like we do.

In the winter, when food is more difficult to find, some birds and animals travel long distances to where it is warmer and more food is available. Arctic terns are birds that fly from the North Pole to Antarctica each year to find suitable weather. What a feat to fly from one end of our earth to the other end.

Squirrels are animals that plan ahead. They gather nuts and other goodies which they hide away so they will have food to eat during the winter.

Even little ants work hard to provide for themselves. They are very strong and can carry something that weighs fifty times more than their body weight. If you’ve ever seen a line of ants moving you know how fast they scurry along.

Today’s lesson is about work. In the Bible the apostle, Paul teaches new Christians that they should “with quietness… work, and eat their own bread” (3:12).

We all need to learn to take care of ourselves. When you are young your parents take care of what you need, but as you grow older you will learn new skills and become more independent.

It is good to be part of a family where you can help with the cooking, gardening, or other chores. You will find work that suits you and experience the good feeling of knowing you can take care of yourself.

The Bible teaches us to work and not become “…weary in doing well” (3:13).

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan