Stewardship, the dictionary defines stewardship as, “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.” As Christians we hear that word a lot when it comes to finances. We hear people all the time talking about how we need to manage and be good stewards of our money. I completely agree with that, however, I rarely hear the word stewardship used outside of that context.
At the end of each year, like most people, I like to think back on the year. I like to think about the things that I did, the things I didn’t do, the high points and the times that were challenging. It’s been a busy year for me, I overcame a lot, I also probably had a bit more stress then the average 25 year old should have had, but as I look back all of my experiences have brought me, especially during this last part of the year to one thought.
Am I being a good steward?
As I said earlier, we are told time and time again that we need to steward our money, but what about our thoughts? What about our time and our emotional energy? The longer I live the more I meet people who allow every single thought in their mind to dictate how they feel and how they perceive and live life as if every thought that ever hit their mind must be exactly right all of the time no exceptions. It’s a pretty crazy thing to think about. What if we brought that back to money. Let’s say every month when you got paid an unlimited amount of people could at any point and time choose to spend your money in any way they thought they should? You’d have no money left for anything! I think that can be said a lot of the time in regard to our thoughts and emotions. We so easily allow every single thought or idea to stir up all of this negative emotion, we allow that one look someone gave us or that one comment on social media that someone made to completely sway and dictate our days and lives. Let me encourage you, if we are going to live successful lives for God, if we are going to do all that we need to do here on earth, we need to do a better job at stewarding not just our finances, but also our thoughts, emotions and time. There are some thoughts that should have no room in our minds. There are some people that don’t deserve our emotional energy if they are going to constantly be abusive. Just like we would never allow a random stranger to have access to our bank accounts we shouldn’t allow the people around us to have free access to our emotions or give the enemy free access to our thoughts.
Before we get on with our busy lives let me leave you with some wisdom from Proverbs 4:26, “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” In the same way, let me encourage you to choose the things that you allow in your mind, then all of your ways will be sure. What if you woke up and started to feel anxious about the day but chose that anxiety is not something that God wants to give us therefore anxiety has no place in your thoughts and you dealt with it? How would our lives look.
Ask yourself that question, am I being a good steward? Not just with my finances, but with my time, my thoughts, my emotions?