Monday, October 22, 2018

Contribute Your Extra

There is a trend right now. I am sure most of you have seen or heard  - being minimalist.  I love this idea in theory. If I were 20 or 30 I may be able to do it to the fullest. Being 59 it is not that easy.

I have  "things" that belong to other people, gifted from loved ones, or items used for many occasions when I open my home for others.

I am not a pack rat by any means but I am someone who makes most things myself, hence too much extra to make from. I am sorting through my craft and art supplies and getting rid of half of that as I just don't have time for hobbies any more. And I do get rid of clothing on a regular basis. I have many things I am slowly getting rid of but I wanted to point out an idea that we can all do no matter our age.

Maybe you, like me, have felt caught in this vortex. Maybe you have even felt judged. You give what you can to help others, you gladly reach out to help others.

I came across this passage in research for my book that comes out this next summer. I wanted to share it with you all. Deuteronomy 24:19-21 says, "When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord you God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow. When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow."

Hmmm, I would say that is pretty clear. If you have extra, don't keep it. Share it.

Please do not misunderstand me. We obviously need to pay our bills and debts but I think there is most likely something even in its smallest form that is an extra. Maybe we could just set a goal to give something each month. I know I could go through my home and probably be able to help ten people at least. And I am not referring to garage sale items or things we donate to the thrift shop. I mean I could set up someone's small kitchen or give extra sheets and blankets for a bedroom. My daughter had worked at our rescue mission as a grant writer for a couple years. She said there are some items that are seldom donated but really needed. Like socks. All different sizes needed. There are many homeless women and children too. And work attire. Many are looking for jobs and have need of interview clothes. And there are some food items that are quickly used up every week. Like peanut butter, coffee, ground beef, milk, eggs, produce, snack type items for lunches, travel sized items, diapers, over counter medications, womens hygiene, razors and the list goes on.

I have a few things in my lined closet I haven't used the past couple years. Why do I still have them? I need to get rid of them. The excess. I may not ever have the perfect minimalist home that a 30 year old has but I can certainly streamline. I am just wanting to get you thinking and encourage you to contribute.

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