Monday, August 8, 2016

Without grumbling!

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."
Luke 12:48

Uh oh.  We, who have so many advantages in this life, are called upon to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We, who have the advantages of loving and nurturing childhoods, good education, plenty of food and clean water have the advantage over much of the world, don't we? We may think things are difficult for us at times, but we really have it so much better than most of the rest of the world. We are the ones Jesus is referring here who have been entrusted with much. That's us. So, we are also the ones from whom more is required. We shouldn't grumble when asked to share what we have. We shouldn't shake our heads and mutter about people who aren't pulling their own weight in the world, should we? Even looking back a generation to our parents and their parents--good grief! They didn't have half the advantages we have! My own Dad never went to high school--he had to help support his family. I remember the Kennedys quoting this scripture, explaining their call to public I mistakenly thought it was just the ultra-rich who are the ones entrusted with much. But, now I can see that anyone who grew up in a loving, nourishing environment, anyone who benefited from learning to read and write, anyone who is able to put food on their tables and drink fresh water is required to give back to this generous-to-us world.  And to do it without grumbling!  Love, heidi

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