We thoroughly believe the Hall of Famer could still strike fear in the hearts of quarterbacks throughout the entire NFL. Strahan might not record Few players seemed to enjoy playing football as much as Brett Favre. With his gunslinger mentality and rifle for an arm, the Hall of Fame quarterback spent 20 years carving up defenses to the tune of 71, career passing yards No. Throughout the course of career, the stud wideout was a bona fide touchdown machine leading the league in touchdown receptions five times and a big play waiting to happen.
The Will To Do
However, the 6-foot-4 wideout remains confident that, given the right situation, he could still get the job done. Like him or not, Chad Johnson was a beast. In 11 seasons, Ochocinco had 11, receiving yards, receptions, and 67 touchdown catches. After all, the guy did race a horse. In 15 NFL seasons, T. Owens might be 43 years old, but the guy continues to be a physical freak; one who knows better than anyone how to get himself — and his body — game ready. There's nothing wrong with wealth at all. But that's bad ambition.
It's the kind of ambition that the world encourages. Win at any cost. Lay down your life for the company. I was a leader in my church, a Sunday School teacher, held a powerful position with a prestigious law firm. My bank accounts were full, my home was fashionable, and my cars were sleek.
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And I was While busily achieving my goals, I was steadily destroying my marriage. For years my wife had considered divorcing me, which would have destroyed my self-confidence and ruined my all important image. That kind of ambition doesn't please God. That kind of ambition doesn't satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. That kind of ambition can ruin us. So when it comes to work, Paul says I want you to be ambitious about something else.
And he gives us three things. First, be ambitious to lead a quiet life. The word "quiet" doesn't mean we're not to talk to anybody. Paul's not advocating a vow of silence here. The word "quiet" means "a peaceful, restful, contented life. Don't spend your career chasing illusive, self-centered goals.
And that's a tough thing to do. And that can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. I could tell story after story of people at Valley View who have made that their ambition. And it hasn't been easy. But they have been relentless in swimming upstream in a downstream culture that values work over everything else.
And God has honored them for it. I think Gordon Dahl put it best when he said, "Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship. As a result, their meanings and values are distorted. Their relationships disintegrate faster than they can keep them in repair, and their life-styles resemble a cast of characters in search of a plot.
We have those in our church community who have refused to worship their work and have chosen employment not on the basis of salary, perks, or opportunities for advancement. The things most people chase after in a career. But have chosen employment based on proximity to their home and to the church community and based on reasonable hours and flexibility that will allow them to spend more of their time building into the lives of others. They have turned down promotions and walked away for more money to do that.
But they've made it their ambition to live a contented life. Second, make it your ambition to mind your own business. There was an interesting phenomenon going on in Thessalonika when Paul wrote this letter.
People were so convinced that Jesus was coming back any day that they were quitting their jobs. I mean after all if you thought that Jesus was coming back this week would you get up for work tomorrow? What's the point? That's how close they thought the return of the Lord was. And as a result they weren't going to work, they weren't staying busy, instead they were becoming busy bodies because they had too much time on their hands. He'll address this again in 2 Thessalonians when he says, We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy. They are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
Paul says, "Time out! Hold on!
Jesus could come back at any moment, that's true, but don't stop living life. Don't stop settin' the alarm clock. Don't stop gettin' out of bed. Don't stop goin' to work. Jesus could come back at anytime.
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But we gotta' keep livin' life, because we don't know when that is. When Jesus comes back somebody's going to be walking down the aisle and getting married, somebody's going to be lying on the operating table opened up for surgery. That'll be an out of body experience. Somebody's going to be on the delivery table having a baby. That'll be fun.
Until Jesus comes, keep on living life. Keep on working. Work is a good thing.
Work was created by God. Much of our self-worth comes from our work. As parents we need to teach our children the value of a good day's work.
It's not good to be idle. We get in trouble when we have too much time on our hands. On the one hand, there's the danger of work addiction and that's not good. But on the other hand, there's the danger of laziness and irresponsibility.
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That's not good either. So make it your ambition to keep your work life in balance. Mind your own business. And third, make it your ambition to work with your hands. By that Paul doesn't mean that we all need to be doing manual labor. But he does mean we all need to develop some kind of skill and work hard at it. It that culture the Greeks despised manual labor and thought it was the job of slaves to work with their hands.
But in the Jewish culture, every Jewish boy was taught a trade no matter how wealthy his family was. The Proverbs can be funny like Proverbs , If anyone loudly blesses a neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
The next time you see your neighbor pulling out of the driveway at 6 in the morning it's probably not a good idea to shout in the dark, "Hey Joe, it's a great day isn't it?