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Looking up at palm trees against a blue sky with a few clouds reminds us that less is more.

Less is More: A Daily Meditation 

We live in a competition-driven world that often exalts riches above contentment. Not that earning a good living is wrong, but does it determine your every move? Have you considered that maybe less is more?

Ecclesiastes chapter 4: 6 and 8, says:  

“Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after the wind…one person has neither son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches. He never asks, ‘For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?’ This also is vanity and an unhappy business.” 

Ecclesiastes 4:6, 8, English Standard Version

Vanity—”a striving after the wind.” 

“Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil.” 

Imagine a life of peace and quiet versus a life of striving and turmoil.  

A good question to consider when you’re grappling with the issue of less is more is this: Who are you toiling for? 

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” 

Perhaps, you’ve been unhappy for a while but haven’t been able to pinpoint why. Perhaps you’ve been chasing after the wind, striving for earthly riches in place of God’s peace. The concept that “less is more” means there is peace in contentment. There is joy in simplicity. Release every bit of discontentment to the Lord and know that He is the Prince of Peace. He longs to cover you with His love and grace. He wants your attention to turn to Him, away from the world, away from earthly gain. 


Holy God, rich in mercy, I confess to You today that I have been focused on earthly gains. So much of my time and energy has been spent chasing after the wind. But the truth is, I long for Your peace more than anything. I want Your presence in my life, guiding my steps, and giving me peace. I commit my life to You, Lord, and ask for peace and contentment above the riches of this world. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. 


Listen now to the short version of this Abide meditation, “Less is More,” based on Ecclesiastes 4:6 and 8. Let God speak to your heart about simplifying your life.

Let Abide be your daily companion as you strive to move from a consumerism attitude to one of less is more. Our more than 1500 biblical meditations, like the one above all exist to help you experience the peace of God and grow closer to Him. Download the app and start a premium subscription. This will gain you access to our entire library of content. Use this link for 25% off.