Off the Edge

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:22

One of the ways God secured the welfare of the people was to command the farmers to stay away from the edges of the field. Live off of the center. Allow the needy to reap the edge.

We are living on the edge. Every penny is spent. We have no time. Life is demanding and at the end of the day, there is nothing left. Leviticus 23:22 is a call to pull back, to live off of the center. Determine what you need. Determine what is truly important. Leave the rest alone. Allow the needy to reap the edge.

When life becomes hectic we grow self absorbed. We use every ounce of energy, every penny, and every moment to serve self. There is no time to serve others. There is nothing left to give. When there are no edges left on our field those in need become inconveniences, interruptions to an already spent day.

Someone needs your time. Determine what is truly important. Live off the center. Allow someone else to reap the edge. Leave enough time in the day to serve, to visit, to listen, to talk.

Someone could use a meal. Fix a meal for your family with an edge, an extra portion to give a neighbor. If we were honest, most of us fix more food than we eat. We trash the edges. Don’t trash the edges, fix another plate. Give it away.

Budget your money to meet your needs. Use the edges to create opportunities to bless others. Save $2.73 per day, you will have $1,000 in a year. Go on a mission trip. Donate it to a cause. Help a hurting family.


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