History can provide some of the best lessons to help us figure out solutions to today’s problems.
Concerning our finances, thrift, frugality and simple living there are tried and true bedrock principals that we should never forget.
This post is the first of a new series I decided to start that focuses on some of those principals by going to source materials for inspiration.
The Holy Bible
Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
2 Thessalonians 3:8
Nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
If we combine all of the lessons from the above passages we are taught to stock up our pantries, to save leftovers, work hard, stay focused, moderate our habits and pay as we go. Pretty solid advice from centuries ago.