There’s a well-known line from the movie Wall Street in which the up-and-coming Bud Fox asks his rich mentor Gordon Gekko, “How much is enough?” By his words and actions, Gordon answers, “It’s never enough, pal!”
The pursuit of More Than Enough is beyond greed. It’s what both the Bible and the Greeks called Mammon: the relentless pursuit of More. It’s an easy trap in which anyone—young or old, rich or poor—can get caught. But God gave us a way out:
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
God wants us to acknowledge that He is Provider by deliberately leaving something behind.
Let me state that another way: God provides our daily bread, if I have anything that is More Than Enough, it’s not for me—it’s for others.
This is yet another work-in-progress for my life: I am thinking about how I can deliberately leave the More Than Enough behind for someone else? I have a couple of thoughts, but would love you to expand on this list:
- Leave a larger tip for my server at the restaurant.
- Pay for the people in the car behind me in line at the drive-thru.
- Continue to be a proud member of the Junky Car Club, so I can use my car payment money to help others.
- Find out what one day of work really earns me, and then give up just one day a month to help others (see One Day’s Wages).
- Order less food at McDonald’s and giving a donation to The Ronald McDonald House.
- When I have a buy-one-get-one-free coupon, give the free one away to someone in need.
That’s just the start of my list.
I want to honor God and I want to defeat the More Than Enough monster. I can do both by deliberately leaving something behind. Will you join me?
(And feel free to continue to add to the list of ways we can all deliberately leave something behind.)