The gleaning Law in Deuteronomy 24.21, but made Bible famous by Ruth in Boaz's field, kind of sounds quite nice in a rural, get out of the city, survive in nature kind of way. But liken it to dumpster diving, and you begin to understand the lifestyle of the gleaners.
In my town of Merced, dumpster diving is very commonplace. People down on their luck, needing every single penny, scour my and my neighbors trash for cans, bottles and other things that will give them money when they hand them into recycling.
The gleaning law says that the haves, should intentionally leave things in the field for the have nots. Not having a field, I always thought this law did not apply to me.
When I first saw the dumpster divers I was mortified. It even made me uncomfortable. Later when I wanted to save money, I even thought of keeping the plastic bottles and aluminum cans to hand in myself. But then I got the gleaning idea. I actually have a responsibility to not take every single thing out of my life for my own use. My blessing can actually turn into someone else's blessing. So now, I separate my treasures in my trash, and leave them in a nice bag next to the dumpster.
If you've got more than your neighbors - what's your way to keep the principle of the gleaning law?