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Stewarding Your Gifts Through a God-ward and FaithFULL Lens
~ by Sherry Waters
I had the opportunity to take a small pause from my everyday busyness of life and usher in my 43rd birthday by escaping to the mountains and reflecting on the goodness of God. It was well needed and welcome! As I sat reflection in the canoe on Lake Lure, the scriptural passage that fuels my life – “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48) resonated within my soul. I thought about the triumphs, the trials, the joys and the mishaps. I admit that through most instances, the silver lining is graciously evident. I also confess that some situations still do not yield an explainable reason for why they occurred. I’ve learned to walk in the assurance of knowing that God is near me – regardless of the circumstance.
All in all, I realize that the lessons learned have enabled me to share with others what life has so generously taught me. Life is a test and a trust! The more we are blessed with – our talents, abilities, trials, celebrations and resources – the more that is expected of us. The evidence of the golden leaves and cool mornings are parading that fall has arrived in all of its’ splendor. However, for so many of our neighbors, this time of the year is a stark reality of the harshness of life. Hundreds of homeless men, women and children in the region are hoping for a place to call home. Families struggle with the finances to maintain just the basic needs of care. Hurting people, who are tormented by thoughts of despair and shame, are attacking and hurting other people.
Yet there are a few individuals and “good Samaritans” who are selflessly and courageously planting love, hope and generosity into the lives of those frail spirits.
Their motivation is stewarding their lives for the sake and benefit of others. If you notice, a common trait of these folks is that their passion for serving is characteristically fueled by love. Giving out of a heart filled with God’s love is the premise behind 2 Corinthians 9:6-8: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work.” This is the lens by which we should all peer through in serving others.
While this Christian stewardship is not based on reward, it certainly recognizes that the investment is that our Heavenly Father promises that our own needs will be supplied: “And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19). During this season of harvest, I’m reminded that we should “honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so that your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow win new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). Give selflessly. Share significantly. And witness the abundant harvest of blessings!!
Peace & Further Blessings,