Saturday, January 14, 2006

How Dependent Should We Be?

I Thessalonians 4: 10-12
But we urge you, brothers, to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may live properly before outsiders and de dependent on no one.

I read this verse the other day and started thinking about how hard it is to practice this principle. Most people go to one extreme or the other. Some are overly independent and proudly self-sufficient. They have a very hard time admitting weakness to anyone. (That would be me.) Others are too dependent and have the attitude of being a victim of everyone and everything. They can be a drain on those around them because they always want to be served. The interesting thing is that both of these attitudes are based in pride and selfishness.

So, the goal is to be productively minding our own affairs, but also being willing to admit our need for help when the time comes.

Any thoughts on this?

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