This just makes me think of how truly blessed we are here in the United States. It gives me feelings similar to the sole survivor of a mining accident -- "Why us?" I don't know the answer to that but I do know the Truth of Luke 12:48 -- in The Message, it is "Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!"
I have to lump myself right in there with everyone else in this country, though, and say that I think we're so blessed that we don't even know what sacrifice is. If I say I want to sacrifice for my needy brother, that sounds well and noble. But, I am so blessed, is it really sacrifice when I give only a small portion? Can I really feel the pain of sacrifice and then go on tooling around in my late model car and going to my comfortable house in a nice neighborhood? Is that sacrifice? Certainly, as proved out in his life, it wasn't sacrifice to Jesus.
This type of thing troubles me greatly. I understand giving out of our blessings. I understand being blessed by blessing others. I get the picture on all of that. What I really wonder, deep down, though, is am I really carrying this out unless I am giving my all and my everything? Giving of my time, energy and talents -- that is pretty easy (especially when you're as talentless as I am); tithing and then some is easily doable with some planning. But, still, look at all the "stuff" I have -- that we all have in comparison to 90% of the people on this earth! Am I -- are we -- doing enough? I don't believe so. Will I change? If so, when?