Money is like manure. If you continue to pile it in one big pile all you have is something that stinks to high heaven. However if you spread it around it’s amazing what good it can do. — Anon.
A friend told me this analogy a while back. He was about to receive a good deal of money and all his friends had counseled him to hold onto it all and not waste it. Instead he was inclined to give a good portion to charity. His father once told him this analogy when he was a young man. He said giving away money to those in need is like planting mustard seeds. Much of the money will be wasted by the recipients, but a few seeds will fall on fertile ground and produce amazing results.
I was reminded of his wisdom when I heard the news about all the money people spent on the days after Thanksgiving and then read that charitable giving is way down this year. I admit that I once was drawn to money and buying things for friends and family. It did not serve me well.
I think we should all consider advent season and ask ourselves whether we are accumulating manure or whether we are fertilizing our community and the world. The last thing any of us need is a pile of manure stinking up our house.