What do I have that could make the difference for someone? Why do I deserve to have a carefree life while someone else ekes out an existence?
I was really struck by an article in the New York Times about a young girl who was supporting herself and aiming for reality, and a grim one at that, when she had musical talent and could have (in another universe) pursued that.
Here’s a line from that piece by Dan Barry: “Enchanted by Pachelbel as a child, given free lessons by a teacher who recognized her talent, blessed with the gift of musical sight reading, Ms. Clay has not been as fortunate with other parts of her young life. Her worries are not about prom dresses but about family, and rent, and employment.”
Read the article; think about whether there’s one person in your sphere of influence for whom you could “make a difference.” We’re always talking about how we want to “make a difference” but it sure is easier to contemplate it theoretically than it is to imagine sacrificing for a specific person, with particular real needs.
Acts 2:44, 45 makes me think of that today, reflecting on the early church and this natural expression of community:
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”
How can I make a difference? How can you?