A Still and Quiet Soul

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”Psalm 131:1-2

Quite often, I get the urge to do something much greater with my life. I have dreams of being a touring speaker, giving lectures about apologetics, homeschooling, or some other personal passion. I'd like to be a recognized author, too, writing about topics of a spiritual nature. I'd like to have a place in history like George Washington, Jonathan Edwards, or Billy Graham, and do great things with my life. But each time that I have dabbled in an attempt to make one of these dreams happen, things don't take off. And here I am, a husband and father to a wonderful wife and obedient children, in a secular job which pays me very well, with almost no debt or financial worry, and relatively secure and happy with what my work entails.

That sounds like a blessing from God, doesn't it? And these verses today back up the notion that we should just be at peace with what God has given us. I am very much at peace right now in my life, and I feel God's blessings every single day. I live a life which would be the envy of most men. Most importantly, my soul is quieted within me, as the verse says, and I wait for God to do the work in my life that he sees fit to do. This has made me think hard about whether I should be constantly striving to achieve greater things, or whether I should be at peace with what I have and simply let God direct my life.


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