When Little is Much

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:16 (NIV)

I had a friend in grad school who came from a rather wealthy family. I’ll call him Howard, because, to middle class me, he may as well have been Howard Hughes. His parents had a cabin in the mountains and a cottage on the beach, plus a large home in a gated community. Yet my friend often spoke of his family’s unhappiness.

Howard’s father was a workaholic attorney. His mother was an alcoholic socialite. He and his three siblings lacked nothing, yet fought over everything. I’m talking knock down, drag out, hair pulling fights! Christmas at Howard’s house meant rooms full of presents but little love.

One such winter break, I invited my friend to spend part of the holiday with me at my parent’s modest home. Mom and dad were both teachers, so I wondered what Howard would think of our rather simple lifestyle. But he didn’t seem to mind.

When we took a side trip to my grandparent’s little farm, my well-heeled companion acted like he’d gone to heaven! As we walked along a tree-lined creek I commented, “Though we come from much different backgrounds, you’ve never looked down on me Howard.” “How could I?” he said. “You have the life I’ve always wanted.”

Kind reader, like me do you sometimes long for more? I was awed by Howard’s pedigree and family wealth, yet his heart ached for a life like mine–one filled with God’s love. Today, and every day, may we remember the secret of contentment in all circumstances: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”–Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

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45 responses to “When Little is Much”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Pete. Paul learned contentment, but at great cost to his own comfort and safety. Yet, being on assignment for God made up for it all. Thank you reading and commenting. God Bless!


  2. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Oh yes Paul calls contentment a secret that He learned. He never said the lessons were easy and I’m still working on God’s take home assignment for me!

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  3. blmaluso Avatar

    May God bless you❤️

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You are so right, blmaluso! Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  5. blmaluso Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this life lesson. If more people could grasp this truth, we would be living in a much more joyful world.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    How true. I’d totally forgotten that Philippians is one of Paul’s “prison epistles.” He was far from his privileged Pharisee days when he wrote that letter to the church at Philippi. Someone at church shared about Ukrainians who’ve had to flee their homes because of war. We aren’t having to do that either. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  7. Crystal Byers Avatar

    The pastor brought up Philippians 4:13 today as sort of a passing comment—Paul made the claim while in prison. At least I’m not in prison.

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  8. c.f. leach Avatar

    Bless God…He knows just what to say!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, c.f. Blessings and peace to you as well! The scripture you shared goes perfectly with my post.

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  10. c.f. leach Avatar

    Great Post. Things are not always as they seem.. I believe it was Paul that said “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.” We all should just be grateful and thankful for what the Lord has blessed us with. I was just speaking with a friend yesterday about not being thankful enough. Blessings and Peace!

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  11. SimplyB Avatar

    Thank you!!

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Simply B. You are not alone in being knocked off the “follower wagon.” It seems that the WP interface sometimes unfollows people for us and it also makes them hard to follow at all. I received a notice, however, that you are getting updates from me again. I appreciate your perseverance! I usually post once a week on Saturday mornings. God’s best to you and yours.

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  13. SimplyB Avatar

    What a wonderful post! I love that Howard said “You have the life I’ve always wanted.” A simple life lived for Christ speaks without saying a word. Sounds like that’s what your family did for Howard. In an unrelated note, for some reason I’m no longer getting email notifications of blogs I’m following. Boo! I can’t see anything that I need to change, but I’m not the brightest star in the WordPress sky. Anyway, so glad I looked at the Reader to see what I’ve missed! Blessings to you and yours.

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  14. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Thanks David. God bless you too!!!

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for your thoughts. You encapsulated everything I wanted to say with this post! I am grateful for your encouragement and input! God Bless.

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  16. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    We are encouraged to judge ourselves by the world’s standards – by how wealthy we are, the kinds of activities we do, the clothes we wear etc etc. But as soon as bump up against genuine love and contentment, the scales fall from our eyes. Those are things that money can’t buy; and, deep down inside, we know these are things that really matter in life.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Dawn. God Bless!

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  18. Dawn Avatar

    Something’s can not be bought with money. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Becoming His Tapestry Avatar

    Indeed He does! 😍

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes it does, Brenda. And the Lord sometimes even throws in a little bling ✨for good measure. Blessings to you and yours.

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  21. Becoming His Tapestry Avatar

    Amen and amen 🙏🏽 contentment brings much joy 🤩

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  22. jesusluvsall Avatar

    by this they will know we are his disciples that we love one another

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Alan. God Bless you too, brother!

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  24. Alan Kearns Avatar

    I remember this devotional brother, it is as good today as it was the first time! God bless you David.

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  25. Pure Glory Avatar

    You’re welcome!

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed! The blessings of the Lord bring a different kind of wealth, and He adds no trouble with it. Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Pure Glory Avatar

    David, your story of your friend, reminds me that money cannot buy happiness. We can substitute money for relationship with Jesus but it does not satisfy. Things can never give us love and acceptance as Jesus does! Blessings!

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  28. booferchick Avatar

    Contentment… Though it may be hard to gain, it’s worth it!

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    We adults struggle with the same thing: more, more, MORE! How ironic that less is often best. Thank you for sharing more about your squirrel friend. Our Schnauzer has a similar love/hate relationship with the cat next door.

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  30. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Great story and illustration David. When I worked with at risk youth I saw so much of that. I guess it’s a temptation to look over the fence at every stage of life.
    The squirrel, by the way loves our deck. He will put his paws against the patio window to either get in or torment the dog who throws himself against the patio door to get at the squirrel. Someday I may need to replace a window just because of a squirrel and dog wanting to be on opposite sides of the glass.

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Betty. I’ve lost touch with Howard, but I hope he is doing well. Ah yes! Our greatest treasures should be stored in heaven. I had to look it up too. 😉 I hope you and Dan have a blessed day!

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  32. BG Avatar

    Oh the riches of knowing Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior!

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  33. Betty Avatar

    A beautiful post, David. I hope your friend made a better life for himself. My mom sometimes said, “Money does funny things to people.” And I would have to agree – for most people. Your post made me think of Matthew 6:19-20. (Full disclosure – I had to look it up.)

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manu. God Bless!

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  35. Manu Avatar

    The secret to contentment in all circumstances- yes, that comes from Christ alone- spot on David.

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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Indeed, CG. Ours is increasingly a culture of comparison. And “Madison Avenue” knows this too well. As you said, it is best to bloom where God has planted us. Little or much, it is His presence and blessings that matter most. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless.

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  37. CG Thelen Avatar

    Seems the world is constantly bombarding us with reasons not to be content, giving us false promises and false hope in things they claim will satisfy A good reminder to find contentment with where God has placed us and with what he has blessed us with.

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  38. CG Thelen Avatar

    Yes, Jesus is enough. That is true contentment.

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  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Funmi. Yes, little is much when God is in it. Blessings!

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  40. Funmi Avatar

    Thank you for sharing David! Godliness and contentment is gain.

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  41. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, Jesus is enough! My godly grandparents proved that every day on their little cotton patch farm. Thank you for your input. God Bless!

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  42. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed, Barb. It’s so easy to think the grass is greener elsewhere. Yet godliness with contentment is great gain. I think the Apostle Paul said that. 😇


  43. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Wow, what a story! As you explained Howard’s home life, I felt sad for him. Such a perfect example of how money cannot buy happiness. One thing I try to remember to remind myself at times is that I have Jesus and Jesus is enough. ✝️🙌

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  44. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Perspective is EVERYTHING!

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