How Much More?

Karen Rose Ming

READ : Hebrews 13:5-16

My parents used everyday experiences to teach values in a loving way. It was important that their four children learn to be content. During supper, my daddy had an opportunity to drive that point home.

Mother was careful when she prepared dessert. She did her best to make six evenly-filled dishes of pudding. When my dish was placed in front of me, I complained, “Judy has more than me!” Dad calmly responded, “How much more?” “About this much,” I answered, and held up my fingers with an inch space between them. Dad proceeded to take one large spoonful of pudding from my dish and add it to Judy’s dish. (This same supper time scene would play out many times during my childhood.)

While growing up, I thought it was a way of preventing arguments about who was given the most pudding. Now I realize the lesson was much larger.

Discontentment seems to be the “disease” of the ’90s. If only I had a better job, a larger house, a newer car. The “if only’s” seem to control our goals. Our affluent society has intensified the struggle of wants versus needs. We can overcome discontentment when we see God as our sole provider. God decides how much is enough and the realization of our dependence on Him brings contentment. Look God has filled your dessert dish full and overflowing!


Lord, thank You for giving me exactly what I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.