Stopping More Than Enough

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.)

2 Responses to “Stopping More Than Enough”

  1. carla e brogden Says:

    A faith study group I belong to gives to a different mission every week. there are about 20-30 of us depending on the week and our gifts go to local and global missions. they even took an offering to help me with my deductible after my accident. every week we give over $600 to somewhere in the world. every gift counts.
    we also buy in bulk for the food pantry where we serve a meal once or twice a month. for example, our Kroger has 10 fo $10 specials so we get 10 jars of peanut butter! if we need one for our family, that still leaves 9 for the shelter/food bank!
    On a personal note, I joined the local Yahoo group called “freecycle” and as I sort my giveaways, what doesn’t fit the criteria for our New Path or Anna’s closet ministries at church, I post on FreeCycleDayton (each region has its own, you have to go to Yahoo Groups to find yours). People have to pick it up and you have to decide who to give it to but the rules prevent leaving “sob stories” just give to share! it is a cool way to help others and I have met some really nice people this way. I have a couch that is going on there next week along with some computer equipment. I could put it on “cheapcycle” and sell it but blessing others is a great opportunity!
    Your words are right on.


  2. GreedyforGod Says:

    One can never know “How Much is Enough,” however one will always know “How Much is Too Much” typically after the fact. We must focus on Greed for God, Greed for Others, not ourselves. Greed for God’s mission in our lives: to Love God and Love others through our deposits of Time and Money for others. Our Spiritual Portfolio. Get Greedy for God.


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