“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much.” This line from Luke’s Gospel reminds me of a pastor who, whenever there was a special collection, would say, “If you have a lot, give a lot. If you have little, give what you can.” I’ve try to make this a motto to live by. I try to give generously, remembering that all I have is a gift from God.

The one area where I have difficulty being generous is giving of my time. My time seems more valuable to me than money and I never seem to have enough. My job, my family, my friends, all compete for this limited resource. Discerning how to best use my time and serve others is a constant struggle. It takes constant prayer to make the right decision.

Will you let God set the priorities over your time and all the gifts you have been given? God has given you much; what will you give back to God?

—Margaret Horner earned a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from St. Francis de Sales Seminary. She currently serves as the Director of Liturgy at Gesu Parish, Milwaukee, WI.