A Lesson for May 5th

Working to leave a little extraLeviticus 19:9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

When most if not every household farmed, leaving a little extra around the edges of a field provided life saving opportunities for a neighbors who lacked land or for foreigners who left a region with a famine. In our time and culture, our support of food banks and homeless shelters provide essential nourishment and shelter to the needy. But providing opportunities for the unemployed to reap the joy of labor are harder to share.

When I worked as an engineer, I often considered uncompensated overtime as a way of creating opportunities for others to work. For if I did my job well, others would develop my studies and specifications into plans and manufacturing projects. When I see an empty building, I wonder what opportunities for a new business could it support? For someone had created an opportunity for me to work and I would like to share that opportunity with someone who needs a job today.

How do you leave a little around the edges of your labor for others?

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