“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King's words from a sermon he delivered a few months before his tragic death in 1968 highlights a principal that we should all aspire to embrace: better management of our personal resources—better stewards of what we’ve been blessed with—will result in all of us being better prepared to serve when called upon.
The Bible tells us that from whom much is given much will be expected (Luke 12:48). America is still the most-blessed nation on the planet—and those blessings come with a responsibility to apply our abilities to help others. After all, that’s why we’re put on earth: To help one another.
There is an interesting life formula which postulates that when ability meets opportunity there is a responsibility. Our ability to answer those opportunities is directly proportionate to our success at being good stewards of the blessings we’ve received.
Life need not be a competition to see who can out-do the next guy; our own greatest reward should come in knowing that as we help others we honor the greatest commandment that was ever uttered: "Do to others as you would others do to you." (Matthew 7:12)