you can have my… leftovers

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From (The Customer is) Not Always Right:


(A woman comes up to me while I’m taking down the dried out, bad corn from the display.)

Customer: “You just throw those away?”

Me: “Yep, we have to throw out the bad ones.”

Customer: “You mean they don’t donate it to the poor or anything?”

Me: “Well, no. Our store does donate to the unfortunate, but it’s usually money or fresh product.”

Customer: “But poor people are used to eating bad food! They eat out of the trash all the time! You don’t have to give them good food!”

Although an extreme example, I believe this is representative of how we often operate when giving to the poor.  I suppose it stems from combining egocentrism and the dominant worldview of scarcity.  It’s not that this lady wanted the old corn for herself, or even that she wanted new corn that would now be unavailable — it’s that she didn’t want the good corn “wasted” on the poor.  We desire to preserve what’s valuable, while giving away what’s not.  We aspire to sacrifice, yet are unwilling for it to cost us more than that with which we were already willing to part.  And we donate our leftovers, but only so we not be seen as wasteful.

God, help us to share willingly.  Make us cheerful givers.  Empower us to to bless others from our hearts — and not only from our surplus.



Filed under giving and generosity, woe to us

4 responses to “you can have my… leftovers

  1. marie antoinette comes to mind, “let them eat cake.” how sad!

  2. Thanks for posting this. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out the scammers from those with legitimate need. Regardless, it’s our heart motivation that before God that settles it all.


    Pastor Andy Logan
    All Nations Word and Worship Center
    Corpus Christi, TX

    • andy, thanks for coming by. and i’m with you that it’s difficult to figure what which are the legitimate needs; though i’m not sure how much that matters.

      oh, and can i borrow 20 bucks? i was in town for my dad’s funeral and i just need to get home to st. louis, where my wife and family are. i’m short on the cash for a greyhound ticket, and i haven’t eaten yet today.

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