It is possible to evade a multitude of sorrows through the cultivation of an insignificant life. Indeed, if a person’s ambition is to avoid the troubles of life, the recipe is simple: shed your ambitions in every direction, cut the wings of every soaring purpose, and seek a life with the fewest contacts and relations.
If you want to get through life with the smallest trouble, you must reduce yourself to the smallest compass. Tiny souls can dodge through life, bigger souls are blocked on every side.
As soon as a person begins to enlarge his or her life, resistances are multiplied. Let a person remove petty selfish purposes and enthrone Christ, and sufferings will increase on every side.
John Henry Jowett, a British pastor of a century ago.