Monday 11 October 2010

To whom much is given

Every year on Thanksgiving, it's the same thing: Why me?

Why me? Why have I been blessed with so much? Why do I only need to turn on a tap to have a drink of cold water or a nice warm shower? Why do I have food on my table and clothes in my closet? Why do I knit and sew for fun rather than necessity? Why was I born in this wonderful country?

Why me?

Every year, the same guilt sucks the joy out of my blessings. How can I praise God for His good and perfect gifts while another family wonders where their next meal will come from, another mother watches her child wasting away, another child must work rather than attend school?

Why me?

Finally, this year, I have my answer.

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

Luke 12:48b

I have been given much. So much. And it is meet and right to praise God for those blessings He has showered upon me.

But from those who have been given much, much will be demanded. Much is expected from me. It is my responsibility and my joy to bless others in turn. My question must not be why me, nor why not them, but simply what is now expected from me? What can I now do to give out of my great wealth? Time, money, possessions, encouragement, love, prayer - all these things I can, must, be willing to give.

May my eyes be open to the deep need around me, and may I never fail to give as the opportunity arises. To my fellow Canadians, blessings to you on this Thanksgiving day!


  1. I hope you & your family enjoyed Thanksgiving.

    I really like that verse. Great reminder.

  2. This was lovely. It's great to be reminded the we are stewards of these gifts, and it is our responsibility to give back. I hope you have a blessed holiday.

  3. Amen!

    Great food for thought!! Thank you for sharing.
    I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.


  4. Amen & Amen!! I have experienced the same guilt and also the joy that comes from that verse.

    I'm totally jealous that you Canadians get to celebrate Thanksgiving so early. It's my favorite holiday!

    BTW, found your blog through (in) :)

  5. Amen. I often ask that same question. I feel guilt often about how blessed I am. And then when I don't appreciate it. I hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving up in the great white north.

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