Leave Something for Others


“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.” Deuteronomy 24:19-22.

The message here runs counter to the ones that say, “get all you can,” and, “don’t leave money on the table.” God tells us to actually limit our profits so that someone else can have a living.

Both Mother Theresa and Gandhi have been credited with saying, “Live simply that others might simply live.” It may have been easier to connect those dots in India, but we can still see how we heap up so many possessions in America that we must periodically haul them to the dump.

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