Making Change

by Robert H. Spain

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for individuals, to encourage personal reflection and Bible study.

Since the apostle Paul announced to the world through his letter to the Romans, “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory” (Romans 3: 23 CEB) I will confess, somewhat reluctantly, a flaw in my character. No, I will change that – one of the many flaws. I have a slight tinge of envy toward those with money. The tinge of envy increases with those who have lots of money. One of you sent a quote that I have stored away for such a time as today: “All I ask is a chance to prove that money can‘t make me happy.”

The reason this flaw has been ignited this time is the the discovery that in 2016 Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares (valued at 45 billion dollars) to a foundation that will address global issues.

Let me be clear. I am thankful, eternally thankful for folks that share their wealth with the needs of the world. It is my understanding that this is not the first contribution this young businessman has made to alleviate some of the problems of the world, but the enormity of this gift is staggering.

As I try to explore and analyze the innermost working of my mind and heart, I don’t really want for many things. As one ages, the want list becomes smaller. I have the basic necessities and that is far more fulfilling that it used to be. But I sincerely want to make a difference in the world, and I don’t have the means of the Zuckerbergs to do it.

In my better moments, however, I remember the Christina Rossetti poem (UMH p. 221) as the question is asked about a gift to the Christ child.

 “What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give him: give my heart.”

I really want to make a difference in the world. You do too. That’s a part of being who we are. As a part of God’s family making a difference is our calling, our responsibility, and our opportunity. But I guess I will have to settle for something smaller than some big global problem. I don’t suppose I will ever make a big splash in the world ocean, but that doesn’t excuse me from doing what I can do and should do.

While I’m figuring out the contribution I will make, let me give huge kudos to those who have money and are willing to share it with others.

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