Proverbs 17:1 – “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.” NKJV

Some people are so driven to attain what the world views as success that they will endure almost anything to achieve that lofty perch.  Having possessions does not necessarily equate to happiness, contentment, or success.  If your pursuit of things creates an environment that produces strife, true success is a million miles away!  As this passage states, it would be better to have a meager existence with Peace than to have everything that money could buy and live in Turmoil. 

If you live in strife, you will never know the Peace of God that passes all human understanding.  If you live in strife, you will never grow spiritually the way God wants you to.  You will find that you spend more time, thought, and energy on resolving problems, harboring resentments, or fighting feelings of despondency and depression than you do basking in the light of God’s love, mercy, and grace. 

Please do not take this as a treatise on living in poverty and not having things. It is not!  Instead of allowing things to control you and drive you, let the Spirit of God have your full attention.  That is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33-34 – “… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” NKJV

You cannot buy peace with money or any other earthly commodity. It comes from God through the channel of a surrendered heart.  It is the result of allowing God to take the lead in your life and determining to live according to His direction and under His guidance.  Peace is one of the most valuable things that any human could gain.  When we have Peace within, we grow spiritually and are most effective in life in every facet.

So, instead of focusing on what you have or do not have in life with regard to earthly possessions, focus on what you have in and through God!  That shift in focus will radically transform your life and touch everyone around you.  Try it, and you will find that what I am saying is truth!

May the Lord bless you as you go through your day, my prayer!

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