Author: Gregory Chambers, TCU Student, Spring 2015
Growing up as a minister’s kid, I often heard the phrase to whom much is given, much is expected. As with a lot of things that my parents said when I was younger it went in one ear and right back out the other. Yet as I grew in both size and understanding of the greater working of the world, this simple yet complicated phrase began to become ingrained in me, a part of who I am.
I believe in giving back, I believe in happiness, I believe that the little things make a big impact, I believe that God calls us to do His works here on Earth. As I reflect on my twenty years on Earth many great memories come flooding back, yet the ones that are the most memorable, and the ones that have had the deepest impact on me, are the ones where I was in the service of others.
One of my most cherished memories occurred when I was helping my father prepare for a Maundy Thursday service. The night before the youth had done an Easter musical, so my dad and I were not expecting a very high attendance, yet we carefully prepared for whoever came. As expected only fifteen or so came to the Church to pray and partake in communion, yet one individual stood out from the rest. An older woman in the congregation came to the service; she sat down in the pew and prayed, then took communion. As she was leaving she came back to where my dad and I were standing and said “This is the most beautiful service that I have ever been to.” She then left, as I was standing there it hit me, if we had not prepared diligently even though we were not expecting much we would have never received the greatest gift of all that night. The fact that we made a difference for just one person was all the satisfaction that we needed. Just by opening the sanctuary for a time of pray and reflection, we had made a huge impact.
I learned a lesson that night, the lesson is that the little things we do for others in life, often have the biggest impact on our lives. As I stood their listening to the clock tick in the quiet of the sanctuary I realized that although our time on Earth is short in the grand scheme of things, it is up to us to use that time to make little impacts on the lives of others. I believe that the little things we do for others have big impacts, and I think back to all the times I heard that simple, yet complicated phrase, to whom much is given much is expected