I came across a quote that said something like in whatever season we find ourselves, we should steward that well. That means we should manage our responsibilities and resources in a way that is honorable, efficient and gives a return. The definition of the word “steward” is to manage something that was entrusted to our care but was not ours to begin with.
That’s a pretty big responsibility to take care of something that really isn’t ours. We should do things in such a way that the “owner” or giver of that thing is pleased and feels respected. In light of that thought, how well are we stewarding our season?
Are we stewarding our parenting responsibilities well? Are we present? Are we teaching our children and preparing them for adulthood?
How well are we stewarding our job/career opportunities? If we believe we are in a place where God has led us to work, are we honoring our gifts and talents and making the most of our time there? Are we doing our job with excellence?
In our financial state, are we stewarding the resources that have been given to us? Are we consumed with things or unmanageable debt?
In our relationships, are we stewarding our communication in such a way that it is uplifting, honest and strengthens the relationship? Are we involved in harmful or unhealthy relationships?
In all things, there is a call for us to be a wise steward. If we can’t be trusted in our urgent season, how can we expect to be promoted or elevated to the next level? The owner or giver of talents/skills should never regret giving us what they gave. They expect it to be put to good use and yield a return.
- Are there areas in your life that you need to consider being a better steward? Which area(s)?
- Do you see yourself as a manager and steward?
- Is your current season preparing you for something greater?
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a weekly beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.