Everyday Stewardship Reflections

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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Gifts Given to Share

God gives us gifts every day and we too often act like those gifts will simply always be there. The truth is, unlike God Himself, many of those gifts are not eternal. If we fail to acknowledge them and put them to use, we risk losing them in the end.

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Is It the Thought That Counts?

The intentionality of our actions is important, but intentionality without action is meaningless. How we act and what we give serves as evidence of our intentions and indicates where our heart truly lies. We need to make sure our desires are moving us to act.

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Be Sure to Look the Part

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we certainly do not want to fake it, but we do need to look the part. The world looks at those of us who proclaim to be Christians to see if there is anything to this way of life. Can the world see the power of Christ in you?

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

What gifts or talents are needed for the task at hand? Where is God leading me? No one should have to decide the answers to these questions alone. We need to always lean on the Body of Christ to help us see the path that God has laid before us.

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