What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover? Growing up, my brother and I would fight bitterly about who had snuck into the fridge and ate the last of my mom’s amazing homemade stuffing and turkey, piled high on a sandwich. For the record, he was a high school boy with a bottomless pit for a stomach. Clearly it was him.
In more recent years, my husband and I have lived by family members with larger homes who so graciously host large holiday meals and send home leftovers with us. One year, Aunt Jenny asked if anyone wanted the turkey carcass because she was going to toss it out. Of course, I raised my hand, thinking it would be great for making homemade stock. But that idea took a turn for the worst when the flimsy metal roasting pan tilted the wrong way as it rested on the floorboard in the back seat of my SUV on our way home. Despite my attempts, nothing could remove the odor and my car smelled like turkey dinner through the next spring.
Leftovers can be delicious excess. But having too much can also be a problem.
We so clearly see physical need as a struggle, but we often forget the flip side of the coin. If you’re reading this on your iPhone, you’re more prone to struggle with abundance rather than need.
In a world where seven out of 10 people globally live on less than ten dollars a day, even Americans below the poverty line, in a global sense, are middle income. You and I have much more than most people.
The idea of abundance being something we have to wrestle with isn’t a new idea. In Philippians 4:12, Paul writes that he had to learn how to ‘face plenty.’
‘I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.’
So how should we make the most of our abundance?
Our group of friends recently finished reading the book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis Chan. If you’ve read anything he’s written, you know his philosophy on giving, savings and retirement. He and his wife, Lisa, give extravagantly, not wanting to save up what they have to live comfortably the last 15 years of their life. They would rather give away their time and possessions, banking on the lives they can change today.
Our conversations on the book got me thinking:
In my daily life, what ‘extra’ do I have today that I’m hoarding away to store for tomorrow? No leftovers has become my mantra.
I want to encourage you to think about sharing what you have this Thanksgiving season. How could you make room at your table? To help you out, I’ll even help provide you with a new set of chairs! Enter the giveaway below two different ways for your best chance to win!
I’ve teamed up with Holly & Martin, a home furnishings line that specializes in functional and stylish furnishings with a practical price tag. You guys, this style philosophy describes me to a tee. As we plan to build our dream home, I envision us mixing modern and transitional style. I love modern home furnishings but not the price tag that comes with them most of the time.
Recently, Holly & Martin shared their Cadby Bentwood Sidechairs with me in exchange for my review. After using them for a few weeks, my family loves them. Adding these side chairs to our dining room scene not only helped me incorporate some fresh modern style I’ve been gravitating toward, they’re also super lightweight and tuck easily under our heavier and more traditional table. Swapping the Cadby chairs out for our old ones has actually helped our compact dining room feel more spacious. And with two kids who love to make and play with slime all the livelong day, these chairs are awesome because they’re super easy to wipe clean!
Holly & Martin has offered to give away a set of two Cadby Bentwood Side Chairs in your choice of walnut, white or black to one lucky Lovely Inside Out reader. (A $150 value) Enter below!