Learn to admire with the desire to acquire. (Source unknown)
What is this rhyming ditty all about? Surely, it’s more than coveting someone else’s prized possession. More likely, it’s a challenge to pursue the qualities you discover in another person. You might think, “I would really like to have the clear-thinking ability of that person.” Or, “I wish I had her patience.” It’s good to want to acquire the positive qualities we see in others.
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).