The Purpose of Excess

Honestly. I don’t know why I have more food than I can/should eat. I don’t know why my house is big and comfortable. I do not deserve it more than someone else. I do not know why I have the means to pile up way more stuff than is moral, to be perfectly honest.

How do I make sense of the fact that I met people who live in houses made of mud and animal poop? How does my Carson reconcile the fact that her family has food and clothes and house coming out of our ears with the fact that some of her friends in her second grade class don’t enjoy that sufficiency? My only hope in helping her understand such inequity is to teach her the opportunity it affords us to attempt to balance the scales a bit. By living generosity. By modeling altruism.

In no way do I feel like we should feel guilty for our blessings. But I definitely think we should feel responsible for them. And grateful in a way that leads us to share them.

So this is a call to balance the scales a bit.Every day. We are entrusted with the care of those who are needy and poor. Every day.

Give generously to [your needy brother] and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:10-11.

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
1 Chronicles 29:14

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11

Bring it! Every day.
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  1. Mary Nell
    Mary NellReply
    May 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Been busy and just “caught up” on the last few posts…all insightful and all that I can relate to…hope all is well with you!

  2. Amy
    July 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Vanessa sent me to this post, and it was such a blessing! My husband and I have been talking about living with what we need and using the rest to serve God in some way. It would make us happier than if we just hoard it and enjoy it all alone.

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