For more years than I want to count, I have been reading the chapter of Proverbs that is the date of the month, so that I’m reading through Proverbs twelve times each year. As often as I’ve been through the book, it is still fresh, still new, still challenging. One month a particular verse will stand out in the chapter, and a different on the next month. Today, it was the first verse of chapter 17:
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”
Did you know that wealth does not immediately bring peace and harmony in the home? Not all people who live in luxury are happy people. There is just as much arguing, anger, and bitterness that can exist in luxury as can exist in poverty.
We were not wealthy when I was growing up. We weren’t homeless or starving, either, because my mom could make a penny cry 🙂 She and dad grew up during the Depression, and they were poor. They’ve told stories about what it was like. For my mom, luxury was having a glass of cold milk.
And of course there can be strife in poorer households, too. I’m not saying that if you’re poor, you’re happy. That would be just as foolish as to say that if you’re wealthy, you’re miserable.
The point here, or at least one of them, is that contentment is a choice we make regardless of our financial circumstances. One can be content with a dry piece of bread if there is a prevailing attitude of peace in the home.
We need to learn to have thankful hearts, no matter what our financial circumstances. Time spent wishing we had more, complaining about what we don’t have, is time wasted.
Kindness in the home makes that dry crust of bread a lot more enjoyable.
Proverbs is so practical. I’m really glad it’s in God’s Word!