What Boaz did for Ruth, following Mosaic law, was to super-size her potential to gather food for herself and Naomi. Instead of simply giving her the barley outright, he made sure there was extra left over for her to glean behind the regular workers in his fields. Today, this “positive enabling” might be watching kids for a few hours when Mom gets called in to work or giving someone a ride.
1. What are some ways that you can come alongside someone to maximize his or her own potential to escape poverty?
2. How much time do you set aside for helping others in this way each week?
Challenge: Take time to get to know one person who might need your help. Learn about this person at a deep enough level to be able to offer personal support.
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