Stewardship: It’s Not Just About Money

stewardship

Stewardship is one of those old, churchy words that does not seem to get thrown around much outside of church.  You don’t hear it talked about out in our everyday lives.  It is however, a word that is full of meaning and purpose and we should really consider what it means and how it should affect us in our daily lives.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines stewardship as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”  This definition hits the nail right on the head.  A steward is a manager of someone else’s resources.

The biblical foundation for stewardship recognizes that everything we have comes from God and, consequently, we’re responsible to care for all God has entrusted with us.  We find this directly in the book of 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Although stewardship is often connected with money, there is much more for us to manage in our lives beyond the financial realm.  Stewardship comes down to doing the right things with what we’ve been given.  Whether its money, time, relationships, or the environment, the key is to make thoughtful decisions rooted in biblical wisdom.

Our ability to be responsible managers is utterly dependent on God’s guidance.  We need His wisdom to navigate the many competing opinions swirling around how we use our finances, how we spend our days, how we approach our relationships with others, and how we care for the environment in which we all live.  We need practical advice for balancing and budgeting these gifts God has given us.  After all, how we manage the things in our care demonstrates our faithfulness to God’s mission and kingdom.

Whether we like it or not, we are not nearly as important or as successful as we often think we are.  Everything we have ever had, currently have, or ever will have, is a gift from God.  Maybe if we remember this we will treat the things we have more as a gift and less like our property.  Everything we have will be gone someday, but how we handle these gifts God has chosen to give us, will determine the kind of life we will live and the person we are.  Let’s treat our things for what they really are, a gift.  Let’s concentrate on trying to be good stewards.  Let’s use these gifts we have been given to help others when we can.  Let’s make a difference in our communities and in the world.  Let’s pass on some of the gifts and not just keep them for ourselves.

They say that through giving, we will experience a level of joy that we could never experience if we keep it all to ourselves.  I for one want to experience that level of joy daily.  Do you?

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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