Is simple sometimes better?


Back in the day, kids ate what was on their plates. We knew how to make do with a little and keep it moving. We turned out just fine.

Life was simpler, but pretty good: We lived without cellphones, Facebook, Twitter, iPods, internet, computers and flatscreens. High schoolers were bus drivers. Fabulous!

What else? Well, we watched “Captain Kangaroo” and “The Uncle Paul Show.” We played hopscotch and jacks. We didn’t talk back to our parents. There were prayer in schools and baccalaureate sermons for high school graduates. Without worries, we walked in the woods to gather plums and grapes, and we played outside after finishing homework. At times, we felt safe leaving our doors unlocked and riding with strangers. Those were the good old days.

And we went to church.

In today’s materialistic world, if piling accumulations cause us to walk away from the Lord, then we really have nothing. We are not advancing, if we ignore God, or we feel we don’t need Him.

Sure, having nice things is nice, but while chasing dreams, don’t forget to chase the Savior, too. Pursue God and His righteousness first (Matthew 6:33). Don’t chase gain with an unbiblical pursuit or leave God out.

Proverbs 15 is loaded with words of wisdom: It is better to have a modest, happy lifestyle with loving relationships than to be lavishly rich but alienated from family and friends. It would be better to have a piece of toast than to have steak where there is hatred. Now, that’s wisdom.

Also, Proverbs 15 aligns with the teachings in Jesus’ Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5), as He blessed those who were quiet, lowly and poor in spirit.

I said all that to say this: Little and simple is sometimes better. More is not always better. A life full of stuff can still be empty and meaningless without Christ. Proverbs 15:16 clearly reminds us that a simple life in the fear (honor and reverence) of God is better than treasures with headaches. Less is sometimes more.

Good old-fashioned advice: As stated, get all you can and can all you get, but keep God first.

Prayer: Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee. God of Glory, Lord of love. Fill us with immortal gladness. Fill us with the light of day. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at


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