What do I want to say about stewardship? “It’s good! Just do it, people!”
In all seriousness - why is this important to talk about? As I have reflected on this topic in the last week, I keep on going back to the idea of how, in every aspect of my identity, stewardship is all around me. As a nurse, I get to share in being a steward of people’s health and wellbeing. As a homeowner, I get to keep my home functional and safe for my family and friends. As someone who loves the outdoors, I get to steward sustainability of the gift of our natural environment. Importantly, as a mother, I am the steward of my children’s life - one that I am humbled and challenged by. A gift that gives me glimpses into the wonder of the God that created them.
The church, at its very core, is a place where all those important things come together in one body and location. St John’s provides a community and location where I can contemplate, learn, and act on the things that are important in my life - family, environment, resilient health, faith, and maintenance of material belongings. IN short, How I allocate my money also needs to reflect my priorities. Learning to allocate my money has brought me freedom. This month of stewardship allows me to take a pause, look at my finances, and ask “what do I care about? How can my giving reflect that? Do I actively think about it, or is it something I’d rather not address?”
This month, even if it is challenging, I encourage you, as well, to pause, pray, contemplate and reflect: how do my financial choices reflect my personal and community priorities?
Thanks be to God.