Week 33: A Peaceful House

Week 33 A Peaceful House

Today’s Text: Proverbs 17-18

Key Text: Proverbs 17:1

“Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife.”

Being a minister and counselor, this scripture reminds me of so many situations in which I have tried to offer spiritual counsel.

As a society we seem to place so much emphasis on material wealth and security.

So often, so many people think money and possessions are the path to happiness.

Let me assure you, they are not.

I have seen too many people over the years who, by the world’s standards, have it made, yet they are absolutely miserable. They live in “a house full of feasting with strife.”

Is there some great blessing in being materially poor? No, I wouldn’t go that far.

I have met a lot of people who grimly say, “Money isn’t everything – but it helps.”

Still, I have met others who though they don’t have much to speak of, in material wealth, they are content and live very happy lives. They are the ones who peacefully dine on “a dry morsel” with “quietness.”

How do you find such peace?

I believe you find it by following God’s principles, found in scripture, for your life.

I believe you find it by having a spiritual foundation, again based on scriptural teachings, for your home.

I believe you find it by turning over your needs, all them, to God – and asking God to show you how to meet those needs.

I believe you find it by putting your own needs in perspective with the needs of others – again, by following God’s principles.

Finally, I believe you find it by starting with Jesus’ teaching – the part about considering the lilies of the field and seeking the kingdom of God first.

A morsel of bread – and a peaceful house – sounds pretty good to me.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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