Not to detract from this discussion, because I think you are spot on, but I think we have to keep some present time perspective. The disciples of Christ were with Christ, literally. I'm sure that didn't make it any easier to leave home, job and family, but it was also different circumstance than what we face presently, or so I believe. I believe wholeheartedly in helping those who need help. I do not however believe that the Lord intends for us to give up everything we have, to do so. And I could obviously be wrong. Yet if I gave up my job, my home, my family, my possessions, would I still be able to render the aid that I am capable of, now? My answer is no, I couldn't. Having the job that I do, not only affords me the ability to have some nice things in this life, but it also affords me the ability to help those less fortunate than me. I think the question though, is do I do as much as I possibly could for all those who stand in need. To answer honestly and fairly, I would have to say no, that I too have room for improvement. No, the 10% probably isn't going to cut it, but it surely is a start and is appreciated by those it aids. Don't discourage yourself by what you may perceive as being too little, but rather, add to it as you see fit. Any of us can improve ourselves, though it becomes hard to do if we tear ourselves down too frequently. Too often I think people do that, and then give up out of frustration - don't do that. Having this in your mind is a starting point and it sounds like you are going to grow from it. Not only that, you have undoubtedly inspired some of us here, to do more. One man (you or me or anyone here for that matter), can't fix it all by themselves. You can make a difference in the lives of other individuals who stand in need. It reminds me of the story of the kid throwing star-fish back into the ocean and an older guy tells him he'll never make a difference because there are too many star-fish to save. The young man picks up another one and throws it back into the ocean and says "Yeah, but it made a difference to that one." I think that is what Christ expects of us. I was reading about fasting this morning before heading out and what a great principle that is, to fast for one day a month and donate what you would have consumed, to others in need. So if you would have taken the family out to eat and spent $50, plus whatever you would have spent on the food you consumed at the meals you ate at home, you take that amount and help those who stand in need. Is that enough when added to the 10%? Probably not, but again, it's something you can do to make a difference in someone elses life, and another stepping stone towards improving into the men that our Lord would want us to be. And how many of us couldn't fast for one day a month? Few I'm guessing... I've been considering finding a way to volunteer time on a regular basis to a homeless shelter or food bank or something. You've given me more inspiration to do so. Thank you.