Peace and Vegetables

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A few days ago, Jesus Calling directed me to a verse in Proverbs 17, but before I could get there my eyes fell on Proverbs 17:1

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. (NIV)

I was struck by the picture of happiness that formed in my mind at the reading of that sentence. It was timely for me, because I've been feeling run-down in the family meal department, and we were to have company over, soon. The verse inspired me to keep things simple; to focus on hospitality rather than trying to impress or be formal.

I looked it up in other versions of the Bible:

A meal of bread and water in contended peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels. (MSG)

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife. (KJV)

Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife. (AMP)

Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than to have a banquet in a house full of trouble. (GNT)

Then, my Study Bible directed me to Proverbs 15:17 as a reference point:

Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. (NIV)

"Vegetables with love . . ." That sounds nice.

Better a bread crust served in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate. (MSG)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (KJV)

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than a steak with someone you hate. (NLT)

Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate. (GNT)

The picture in my mind became clearer - serve something fresh, earthy, and simple, maybe even on paper plates (shocking!) and keep a light heart. I did, and it was good.

Sharing with Michelle, since this qualifies as a verse I've been pondering.

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9 Responses to “Peace and Vegetables”

  1. This is a nice post.
    All our family get-togethers involve a simple BBQ, usually served on paper plates ;) I much prefer to spend my time with the people I love than preparing an elaborate meal. (Maybe it's my picky-eater kids that taught me not to spend too much time at the stove...) When you're with the right people, pizza is enough.
    I keep realizing that although the best things in life usually involve hard work, living simply is something we could all benefit from.

    I found you through Though Provoking Thurdsay.

  2. Such a good lesson here. Too often I get caught up in the frenzy of making the "perfect" fancy meal and presenting the perfectly clean house when we are having company over. I spend the time griping at my husband and snapping at the kids, all so I can present the image of peace for our guests. And often, by the time they come over, I am exhausted. There is so much wisdom in simplicity. I am hosting book club and dinner at my house on Monday -- I am absolutely going to keep these verses in mind!

  3. "When you're with the right people, pizza is enough."  Love that!  Thanks for visiting, Lindsey.

  4. Right there with you, Michelle!  Hope you have a nice (and simple) book club dinner on Monday.

  5. What a timely post for me!!!  You seem to do that a lot. :)  We just had our baby baptized and hosted a lunch this past Sunday.  We grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs w/ some simple yet tasty side items.  We ate on paper plates, and I wasn't stressed in the least!  It was simple, yummy, fun, and easy.  We were able to celebrate the baby's baptism and visit with family members ~ which was my number one priority for the luncheon!  

  6. Why do we always complicate when simple is really best?

    I liked all of the verses in this, Courtney.

    This week my college roomate visited. I was so tempted to go all out, fancy, fancy. So glad I stayed simple, and we just had more time to enjoy each other.

  7. to focus on hospitality... i love this, friend. i love your heart.

  8. Yes, Anne - we are in synch!  Your baptism luncheon sounds perfect.

  9. I like your "ponderings"--so simple, yet profound. Thanks for stopping by my blog too!