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verse 1: “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.”

“Is it worth it?” is a question most people will weigh when considering loss coupled with the chance for gain.

Many stories, ranging from Aesop’s fables to even myths such as King Midas, often point out the folly of sacrificing a lot for what seems to be riches galore…only to discover what you have lost was even more precious. I’m reminded of one of the cartoons I enjoyed watching: Batman: The Animated Series. It was similar to the old campy Batman TV show of the 1960’s, only in that both series had big name talent as guest stars; the cartoon was done much more seriously. The cartoon had cast recognizable celebrities as many of the voices. In the episode that introduced the villain known as the Riddler, Batman and Robin save his victim, head of a corporation that made millions off Edward Nygma’s (who would become the Riddler) contract work legally; obviously the Riddler wanted revenge for his “perceived” injustice at not sharing in the success of his work. Though they save the corporate head from death, the Riddler got away. That corporate head, whose name was Mockridge, pocketed millions off the company deal to bring it to Gotham City.

That didn’t sit well with Dick Grayson (Robin) who groused about the injustice that occurred. But Bruce Wayne (Batman) pointed out to him that, maybe Mockridge got away with it…and maybe he didn’t come out smelling like roses. The episode closes with the multi-rich Mockridge, living in fear in his own house, with multiple locks on his doors, always checking every corner for fear of the Riddler’s revenge, trying to sleep while nearby is a shotgun he carries with him. The scene fades with the sound of Batman’s voice saying, “how much is a good night’s sleep worth? Now, there…is a riddle.”

Peace is not overrated, and material success does have its costs. Learn to be content today in what God gives you.

Something to think about.

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