Rags to Riches
I was always a frugal fellow, the classic ragman who save bolts and nuts and pieces of string and wood and spare parts - who knows, they might come in handy one day.
Perhaps it has to do with three brothers growing up with a single mom who had to be saving and pinch the pennies and make do. Maybe it's my September personality that favours re-cycling and despise wastefulness - God only knows.
We three boys always cleaned up what was set before us. Mom rarely had leftovers to put away after meals. This third hungry wolf would almost lick his plate clean, if not actually do so.
I'm probably a bit extreme. When seeing how some picky children eat I would joke that I could be filled from their left-overs. I hated letting anything go to waste - or perhaps I was just being greedy.
Of course some wastefulness is bad. The consumer society with it's buy and throw away mentality, the plastic waste, the exploitation and plundering of the Worlds resources and wanton destruction of rain forest and nature, not to speak of the worst of all forms of wastefulness - war!
I am appalled at the egregious inequality between rich and poor, the obscene opulence of the super rich in stark contrast to the vast majority of the Worlds population - shame on them! After all, you can only drive one car at the time, or live in one house or swim in one pool at the time.
Putting that aside I am starting to see a different angle to the issue. When observing God's creation, looking at the trees and vegetation, so much growth. So many branches and leaves and so many seeds that fall to the ground even if only few take root, an abundance of fruit at harvest time! How generous God is!
I guess that's the difference. God gives generously, the rich selfishly hoard!
The other day we drove up in the hills where cool mountain water is flowing out of the rock. It's some of the best and most refreshing water I have tasted. Whenever we go we usually bring several jugs to fill as the water is good for my kidneys.
As I was filling each bottle with the precious elixir I was thinking to turn off the water in order to save between fills, but there is no turn off valve! It just flows and flows and gives and gives! In all the years we have come I've never seen it run dry.
Again I am reminded of how extravagantly generous God is. I am aware there are places in the World that is barren and lacking in water, mostly due to humankind’s devastation and sins of greed and exploitation. But the original Creation was rich and bountiful.
It will be that again one day when Jesus returns and sets up His benevolent Kingdom of love, peace and plenty - then we'll go forward to the Garden of Eden with prosperity for all.