"Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure & trouble with it. Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is, than a fatted ox and hatred with it."
Jesus once told a parable that ended with the statement, 'What would it benefit a man to gain the world and forfeit his soul?' That seems to echo through this passage from Proverbs 15: "Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it."
Too often in this life we get drawn into this consumer culture (or is it just me?!?). We feel like we need more "cool stuff": flat screen TV, HD compatible, 3D with those cool glasses, etc. A newer car. "Hipper" clothes. More tunes on our iPod (or just maybe we should upgrade to the newest iPhone!?!). Ann that's just the 'little' stuff! Some feel the need to work multiple jobs (or late hours) to provide the "niceties" for their family - yet lose out on time spent together. We we get so caught up with our new stuff (ie. technology) that we choose to do THAT rather than interact in a meaningful way with those closest to us.
Slow down. Scale back. Simplify. Enjoy. Cherish. Invest in PEOPLE and relationships! LOVE... and the blessings will flow. For where love is...