Spiritual Digest — February 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Better One Handful than Two Handfuls

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Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (Eccl. 4:6)

Better One Handful than Two Handfuls

It is not a virtue to settle for less when you have not optimized your potential capacity. A mediocre or anyone who is just plain lazy does not reach their full potential and should never be applauded. On the other hand, there are those who put themselves on overdrive and go ‘beyond’ their capacity by sacrificing everything to achieve their goal. Our verse for today is exegeted by other verses like: Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife (Pro. 17:1). Things that we pursue that will result in discord in the family, church, or community are not a fair trade-off.

As a missionary to the Diaspora community, I have seen how the pursuit of the American Dream has led to the sacrifice and destruction of marriages, children, personal walk with Christ, personal health, etc. If only we could be contented with one handful with tranquility, rather than the pursuit of two handfuls with discord, we will be better off. We keep believing the lie that such sacrifices will be only for a season, and we will return to normalcy. It does not work that way. A person that is not contented with little will never be contented with much. Besides, the season of wrecking your marriage, missed opportunities to be there for your children during their formative years might never be regained. Some eventually walked away from the faith and others, because of overworking themselves died ‘early’ without achieving their goals.

Praying that we heed God’s admonition and walk in His wisdom so that we can continue living a balanced life with contentment and moderation.

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  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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