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Comments on: Garage gleanings http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Jay http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1216 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:51:45 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1216 “Plus, it’s a whole lot less work!”

And I’m more and more convinced that’s a critical element of these laws. I’ve been thinking about Araceli’s reference to the Sabbath and rest. Perhaps this is a charitable outworking of Proverbs 23:4.

“Do not toil to acquire wealth;
be discerning enough to desist.”

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By: Meredith http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1215 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:48:44 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1215 Interesting discussion! I have had yard sales when money was tight for us. Now, I try to pass along all our household goods, except for items I have bought especially for resale. Someone ALWAYS comes to get free stuff listed on Craig’s List or Freecycle.

Honestly, I think the blessings that come from giving far outweigh the profit from a yard sale. Plus, it’s a whole lot less work!

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By: Jay http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1214 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:21:11 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1214 That’s an interesting connection with the Sabbath, Araceli, and ties in nicely with Jesus’ emphasis on connecting the Sabbath and mercy.

BTW, I actually spent several years in Liberia as a small child. It’s interesting how the different communities coalesce. We actually have a small service in Twi for the families at our church from Ghana, as there is a significant Ghanaian community in Dallas.

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By: Araceli http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1213 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 13:06:05 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1213 Loved this entry. The other thing that is interesting about these passages is that it says something else and that is about how HARD you should work. It ties into the passages regarding the Sabbath. God has simply built in, not only inefficiency, but rest. Don’t go back to pick up that last bit of wheat! Let it go! And God will actually bless someone with it.

We’ve been working hard over here at Casa Jonsson to keep our sanity, and we’ve been thinking about having more margins in our lives… not working ourselves to a pulp, be that with keeping a perfect house (ha!ha!) or writing perfect software. Here is a fine example of that in scripture.

Re: the giving away ideas, we found these encouraging. We often give to people who work in our house at a given moment, be it a housekeeper, a painter, a yard person. We have Liberian refugees in our church, so most of our stuff goes there. We also do freecycle, which I highly recommend as a great way to give away larger items. I guess many people with computers aren’t exactly destitute, but I actually have found a large cross-section of people coming to pick up things from my porch.

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By: Adrian Gallagher http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1212 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 02:46:36 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1212 Googled Craigslist as I’d never heard of it and found this example of what we should not do: “Craigslist has been compared to Wal-Mart, a multinational corporation that some feel crushes small local businesses when they move into towns and offer a huge assortment of goods at arguably cheaper prices” (not sure of the truth of the comment about Craigslist, but the Wal-Mart illustrates the issue. A donut shop owner friend of mine got an apology from the local Woolworth’s manager when Woolworth’s higher management forced him to start selling donuts).

So should the inspiration to give one’s 110% be changed to give 90%? How to work this out in a fallen world, particularly when working for someone else seems rather tricky!

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By: Jay http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1211 Sun, 22 Apr 2007 18:20:42 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1211 Great example, Andrew, and I appreciate your willingness to share it. I think your concern about boasting is valid, but as you obviously determined, it is not the only concern. Somehow, we have to converse about the faith, and the faith has a lot to say about how we live, so our conversation has to touch on our lives at some point.

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By: Uncle Andrew http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1210 Sun, 22 Apr 2007 12:55:14 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1210 I was afraid to answer your question at first Jay, because it seemed like an invite to boast in our good works, but I feel like I have a good example:

In my job I have to carefully manage the number of samples I give away each month, since my company only allots a certain number to each region. But there is a Christian-run free clinic in one of my zip codes that I make a point to visit once a month and give stock bottles to since their patients wouldn’t be able to afford their prescriptions otherwise. For me it isn’t incredibly efficient because I could be using those samples in other offices where I would benefit more, and the time I spend there could often be used with more influential doctors. But the fact remains that these people need help and I happen to sell a drug that can prevent them from having a stroke or heart attack, which is more common in the indigent.

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By: Tricia http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1209 Sat, 21 Apr 2007 17:05:08 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1209 Interesting point about Goodwill, Jennifer – we may have to rethink that. We have given to different charities/ministries in the past, many of whom aren’t charging anything for the things they disperse. But you are correct about our bandwidth for a garage sale: it is so nonexistent, and makes no sense for us since we have no desire to make any $$ from what we are just trying to give away! One thing we’ve done each month recently for some larger items that we’re parting with as a result of downsizing is putting them out front of our house on bulk item pickup weeks; folks know to drive the neighborhoods on those weeks, and all our bulkier items have been picked up for free by people who can use them. I love that, and it’s as easy as it gets!

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By: jennifer http://hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1208 Sat, 21 Apr 2007 16:48:40 +0000 http://www.hornes.org/2007/04/garage-gleanings/#comment-1208 Sometimes you might be more able to help the poor by offering your items in a garage sale at a great price. Being an avid thrift store shopper, I often find Goodwill’s prices to be too high. I know you are busy with life, so garage sales may be just too hard to get together. So there is also the idea of donating your extras to ministries that provide household items to refugees (like here in STL to the Bosnian and Liberian communities) or others in need.

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