Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 27

Gold Nugget
Verse 7: 
He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” 
Two men sat down to eat. Both men had their fill of their favorite meal. One man received a bill for $38 dollars. The other man received a bill for $7 dollars. Both left their respective restaurants feeling full and satisfied. As we move up the social ladder, our expectations and taste raise with us. One man can be 100% satisfied with a $20,000 vehicle while another man maybe 75% satisfied with a $60,000 vehicle. One person is 100% satisfied in a $150,000 home while another person is 75% satisfied in a $750,000 home. The point is, not all of our spending increases are beneficial to us. I have heard as well as experienced myself, that some people had just as much “extra” money when they where younger making half or even less the salary they have today. The trend for Americans is to raise your spending to maximize what you can get out of your income. However, seldom do we see an increase in the level of satisfaction it brings. Today’s “gold nugget” shows us that, He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” Our threshold for satisfaction is related to something more that what we think it is. The lengths we go to in an attempt to find satisfaction rarely pays dividends. What we find when we get old enough to grasp it, is the fact that satisfaction doesn’t come from things you buy or earn. Contentment and peace comes from loving and being loved, giving to others and being given to and having a clear understanding of why you are here and what is truly expected of you. Many of us learn this lesson so late in life that we fail to experience this level of satisfaction. My advice to you is to learn it now. Grasp today that life is not about what you can gather unto yourself, but who you can gather unto yourself. That may sound weird, but having a family, friends and a healthy interaction with your fellow man brings more satisfaction than any material thing can provide. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Many people never come to understand or accept this. Those that do understand it also understand that His creating us for His good pleasure makes us at one with each other. Understanding our purpose in loving Him and each other is truly a sense of satisfaction that brings peace and happiness to an otherwise unfulfilling life.

Lord, thank you for reminding me what is truly important today. Help me to experience people more than experiencing things. Remind me that our life on earth is but a grain of sand on the beach and living it like there is an eternity will bring an eternity of peace and happiness. Amen

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