Everyday Stewardship Reflections

Full of Joy

This Christmas may the Lord that slept in a manger provide for your rest. May the God that gives many gifts to all of us bless you abundantly. And may the Prince of Peace help you to find true gratitude for the gift of life.

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The Journey

Advent comes along every year and will continue to do so until Jesus returns. As this season draws to a close, we ask ourselves, “Am I now any better a disciple of Jesus Christ and more of a steward of all my gifts than before the Advent season started?’

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A Constant Companion

Bring Jesus with you into the office Christmas party. Take him with you shopping for gifts in the department store. Be aware of him when you sit down to watch television specials you have seen every year of your life.

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Jubilation to Share

When was the last time you shared with a friend or loved one how much your faith in Jesus Christ means to you? You don’t feel the same motivation to share? Are you not overwhelmed with a desire to spread the Good News?

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In the Unexpected

No matter what, we can say with certainty that tomorrow will not go exactly as we envisioned. Our lives are influenced by many factors and the world around us is complex. Rather than be surprised by the unexpected, maybe we should expect the unexpected.

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There Is Much to Be Done

Growing up I only knew how to help the least of these through the school and church activities of the time. Today, YouTube and GodTube are filled with videos of creative ways people reach out to one another. Giving and good stewardship can be contagious!

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Buried in Your Backyard

Sometimes out of fear, misunderstanding, or even apathy, we have taken one or more of our gifts and buried them, hiding them away from others and stifling all growth. This is no way to honor God and certainly not a path to fulfillment in life.

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In Our Midst

We have all been startled by someone when we thought we were all alone. Sometimes that person in our midst was simply hidden from our view. At times that person we don’t see is Jesus. He’s always there with us, in others, sharing our everyday moments.

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Everyday Saints

As a child I was wrong about saints, but even more importantly, I didn’t fully realize that all of us are called to be saints! Me, a saint? Holiness is not something simply studied in books. It is the way of life we are all called to live.

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Calculating Love

The truth is, the modern world increasingly seems to have no real idea what love is or how to determine when love is real. That makes the seemingly simple words of Jesus about loving God and your neighbor very complex indeed.

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Chosen

When God chose you and me, He had all the information needed to make the choice, and He chose us anyway! I don’t know about you, but if given the chance I’m not sure I’d have chosen myself. God sees in me something that at times seems hidden to me.

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Respond with Love

Do you remember a time when you spent much time or money on a surprise or gift for someone else and they failed to appreciate it? We do open ourselves up to disappointment if our expectations do not match the response.

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