1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New International Version)
11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New Century Version)
11 Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Take care of your own business, and do your own work as we have already told you.12 If you do, then people who are not believers will respect you, and you will not have to depend on others for what you need.
Although our society has minimized the role of the father in the home, he still is the key to the formation of well-adjusted children and the building of good character. A good father passes on great advice to his children. It is difficult to make it through this life without it. Many strong servants of Jesus Christ owe their successful lives to the teachings of a godly father.
Our Father in heaven in the same way passes on wisdom and instruction in righteousness to us. It is important if we are fatherless, or if we are fathers, that we continually seek God for our daily guidance and teaching.
As we look to the Bible, and we meditate on His wisdom, through prayer and a relationship through Jesus, He will give us much more than an earthly father is capable of.
One of the best verses in the Bible for instruction in living was penned upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by Paul in his letter to the church in Thessalonica. The words above are timeless, and if we will folow them and take them to heart, we will lead "quiet" and respectable lives, dependent only on no one but our God.