The Gospel today talks about loving your neighbor as yourself. I suddenly had a different view point about it.
This commandment can be thought of as a commandment to be austere and modest in one's life. If I truly must love my neighbor as my self, I should be as generous to my neighbor as I am to myself. In its most simplistic interpretation, my neighbor deserves an iPad, an iPhone, gifts I give to myself. How on earth will I even be able to apply that, even to my family?
Solution: live austerely. Live, conscious of purchasing only those you would buy for others as well. You think you could give your neighbor a cellphone with all the bells and whistles? Chances are you could probably settle for a basic model for texting, calls, etc. as a giveaway, right? Then perhaps that is what you should buy, if you want to be "faithful" to His word.
I know this is such a wild and crazy idea. But I can imagine how much I can save with a mindset like that. LOL
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