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    Neglect of Essentials Is Not Economy

    God is not honored when the body is neglected or abused and is thus unfitted for His service. To care for the body by providing for it food that is relishable and strengthening is one of the first duties of the householder. It is far better to have less expensive clothing and furniture than to stint the supply of food.CCh 155.8

    Some householders stint the family table in order to provide expensive entertainment for visitors. This is unwise. In the entertainment of guests there should be greater simplicity. Let the needs of the family have first attention.CCh 155.9

    Unwise economy and artificial customs often prevent the exercise of hospitality where it is needed and would be a blessing. The regular supply of food for our tables should be such that the unexpected guest can be made welcome without burdening the housewife to make extra preparation.203The Ministry of Healing, 322CCh 155.10

    Economy does not mean niggardliness, but a prudent expenditure of means because there is a great work to be done.CCh 155.11

    God does not require that His people should deprive themselves of that which is really necessary for their health and comfort, but He does not approve of wantonness and extravagance and display.204The Adventist Home, 378, 379CCh 155.12

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