Stewardship Communications Blog
Sep 7

Written by: Melissa Holmes
9/7/2016 2:27 PM 

We all love January right? The hope and promise of a new year and a new you. Resolutions and “non-resolutions” (I’m not making a New Year’s resolution per se…I’m just committing to going to the gym five times a week) . For some, making a resolution works. For me it does not. I need to wrap my brain around the who, what, where and why of anything I do. Occasionally this tendency can lead to stagnation, immobility and frustration. I need help, because literally left to myself, I’d sometimes get nothing accomplished. Naturally, it would seem like the exact reason why God through Pastor Bob would ask me to be on the Stewardship Branch.

One definition of stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. If that is the case, everything….and I do mean everything that I have: my marriage, children, extended family, employment, time, finances, house, cars, body, talents, my planet require a degree of careful introspection and consideration as to how God would want me to steward my portion.

I am not good at this and I constantly pray for God to help me see the “Big Picture” or the “Long-Term Goals”. Do I spend my time fussing because the towels aren’t folded the way I’d prefer? Do I stress because I want a different job? Should I buy a pair of boots because they’re pretty, instead of buying groceries?  Can I support my church by just singing in the choir and working in the audio-visual ministry instead of tithing….can’t it be like an “In-Kind” donation!? Should I offer my children stones when they really need bread?

What is important to God? What is important to me? Do they match (and what if they don’t)? How is this reflected in my daily activities… in my relationships…in my use of finite resources? And if it’s not reflected…what’s holding me back? Is it a technical error such as setting unrealistic time estimations so that there is too much to do and not enough time to do it. Is it an external reality such as health problems or not enough “income” for my “out-go”? I have no easy answers. I just  present my situations before the Lord and pray for guidance. I pray daily that in addition to my time, talents and treasures, that I trust that He will give me wisdom to manage my sphere of influence. I also pray that I obey what He says… because he has a plan for us that I can’t see….and “doing” is often the hardest part of “trust and obey”. Happy New Year!

Don’t hold back—give freely, and you’ll have plenty poured back into your lap—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, brimming over. You’ll receive in the same measure you give. Luke 6:38 (VOICE)

 

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