Mind Your Own Business

Make it your goal to lead a peaceful life,
mind your own business.
 —1 Thessalonians 4:11

We know what the government should do, what the editor should do, what the church should do—what Tom, Dick, and Harry should do.

When someone is accused of being self-centered, it isn’t intended as a compliment. Nevertheless, I cast my vote for a self-centeredness that minds its own business. I’ve got my hands full keeping myself in line—I need to keep my nose out of other people’s business.

I call three verses as witnesses:

Paul counseled the Thessalonians to “mind your own business” (1 Thes 4:11).

He said some of them were “wasting time meddling in other people’s business” (2 Thes 3:11).

When Peter pointed at John and asked, “Lord, what about him?” in so many words, Jesus said, “that’s none of your business” (Jn 21:21–22).

If someone wants your advice, they’ll ask for it.

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