We heard in church that we should be good stewards of our time and things. Do we all take that seriously though?
To be a good steward of our lives we need to take care and be appreciative of every person, animal, and thing in our possession. I admit, my house is not organized and there are things in my attic that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Does this make me a good steward? Certainly not. Thankfully there is a bit of grace in all of this though, I need to not be lazy and keep the things I do have nice.
Well, recently I looked in the back of my mini-van. Did anyone just cringe there? Yeah, I found crumbs, water bottles, and wrappers. Along with toys, books, and junk. It was gross.
As I was wiping down every crevasse and vacuuming every square inch I was dreaming of the day that I will finally have the convertible I’ve always dreamed of. Me in my little Cabriolet Convertible, ok yes, I know they don’t make them anymore, but I’ve wanted one since I was a teenager, I’m old ok. Just go with me on my dream.
So, I was thinking of how nice it will be cruising around in my little cabriolet and how there will be no trash in it, no clutter, no gum….
Instantly I felt convicted, not about having a convertible, but about what it meant to be a good steward of every stage of my life. I need to keep my mom mobile in good shape too. It’s not going to be perfect because I must let my family ride in it too, let’s be real. But I need to keep it as clean as I can I need to take care of it. I need to be able to welcome people into it to carpool and not have them leave with food on their hind end.
Yes, even my minivan is something I’m called to take care of right now. If I can’t learn to take care of this vehicle, what makes me think my habits will change when I get a different vehicle? Habits are habits, we need to change our thinking to change our actions.
For instance, I have a mom friend that has a Lexus as a mom mobile. Nice huh, I’m not jealous, nope, am I believable right there? I went in her car once to carpool to our daughter’s activity. I was excited because I had never been in a Lexus before. I was wondering if they are really as nice as everyone claims. You know what? The inside of this SUV was trashed. There were papers and empty bottles and dirt everywhere. It looked no different than any other minivan. It got me to thinking about how we need to take care of what we have. Not just when we get “nice” things. We need to take care of everything.
This carries into every aspect of our lives. Where God has us today, whoever God has us with, whatever size your house is, we need to have an attitude of gratefulness. We need to be where He has planted us moving forward but still serving at the moment as best we can.
I’ve been to leader conferences where leaders say things like “well I only have ten people in my group so it’s not as important as the other group.”
I understand that we are a society of numbers, but God cares about every ONE. He has left the 99 sheep to find the lost one. A group of ten is no less important than a group of 1000. God loves us and has us exactly where he wants us.
The only question is, will we be good stewards right where God has put us?
The attitude of gratefulness in every stage of our lives will make us happier people.
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.