Are you Stewarding Well?
~Authenticity with Self~
- a person who acts as the surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc.
- the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving
Antonyms: neglect, negligence, destruction, spending, squandering, waste, ignorance
I have this game called Icebreakers.
I had bought it when my boyfriend Dave and I first started dating and I wanted a fun game to help us get to know each other better.
One question is- what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The first thing that comes to my mind is advice my dad gave me growing up- “Megan, always return things better than how it was given to you.”
My parents always instilled in me that it is important to be a good steward of things lent to me in this life; whether it is something that I borrow physically from someone or something that is in my life i.e. someone lends me their car, relationships that I am in, or an apartment that I am renting etc.
It is no surprise then that one of my strongest values in life is stewardship.
I am an advocate for being a good steward, and that does not just mean with the physical things of this world. I want to advocate that we are good stewards in all areas of our lives.
I want to steward everything God has given me in this life well, because He has called me to steward well.
When I was thinking of all the many ways we can be our most authentic self, stewardship came to mind.
If we can learn to be good stewards in all we do, it may help us to live more authentically.
Our authentic selves were created to be honest and trustworthy people, and practicing good stewardship helps us in this.
Living as good stewards helps us cultivate a respectful heart towards others and belongings not of our own or that are in our possession.
Being respectful is an authentic way of living in that it helps us to become safe, trustworthy and dependable people.
As Christians we know that stewardship is a strong theme throughout the Bible.
Here are some of the points the Bible makes about stewardship:
- Being good stewards should come from the motivation of doing it for God. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
- The Bible tells us personality traits that are found in a steward. “For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught...” Titus 1:7-9a
- Stewards are trustworthy “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
- Nothing actually belongs to us “For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 1 Timothy 6:7-8
- We are to be faithful with little and a lot “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10
- The Bible tells us we will be treated the way we treat others “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
- At the end of the day, God accounts for everything we do. No one else is responsible for our actions. “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12
- Our actions stem out of our heart attitude- be careful taking care of your heart. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Stewardship in the Bible has to do with understanding that your life is not your own. Your life is on loan from God—regardless if you acknowledge this or not—and God calls you to steward everything about your life for His glory and the good of others. Jesse Wisnewski*
Consider this, what if we made it a priority to take care of all the things within our reach- our relationships, our belongings and even ourselves?
In what ways could our lives be better?
In what ways can we discover our authentic selves?
Take an inventory of all the things in your life right now- are you taking good care of them?
How is your home- when is the last time you cleaned?
How is your car- when is the last time you vacuumed or washed your car?
How are your relationships- do your loved ones feel they can safely leave their hearts in your care?
How is your heart- when is the last time you took an inventory towards your heart motives?
What was the last thing you borrowed from someone- what state did you return it in?
How are your finances- do you know how to balance a budget?
Take one of these areas this week and do one thing to help steward it better!
I would love to hear what you choose, comment below and let us continue the conversation.