Day 17, Proverbs 17:1

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. ESV


We all know this one to be true, don't we? We all have an instinctive desire for shalom. We naturally prioritize relational harmony. Well, sometimes.

Ok, maybe not. While I think most people would say their relationships are more important to them than whatever programs are going on (work, guests, chores, household duties, entertainment), our lives often don't bear that out.

Matthew Henry says, "these words recommend family-love and peace."  Indeed, these words recommend what we know to be best, by instinct. But can't seem to live it out consistently - at least, I can't, in my home. Can you?

When the duties of the feast - chores, work, errands, hobbies, whatever - call out for our attention this week, let's try to remember this one. Better to have a dry morsel with family-love and peace, than to accomplish my goals while running over my household. Whatever your goals may be, remember that relational peace, or quiet, is too high a price to pay to accomplish them.


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