When you hear the word “stewardship,” do you immediately think of financial responsibility? This is a major part of leading a life of good stewardship, but there is much more to this concept. Stewardship encompasses all areas of life. When we exercise great care over our relationships, finances, skills, time, and energy in ALL that we possess, we find that they become more substantial and assured. Being a good steward gives you the opportunity to help others by wisely using your resources. You will become more influential and will create a sustainable and secure future for yourself and those around you.
Stewardship comes from the Greek word “oikonomos,” which translates into, “somebody who manages a household.” This management includes the financial well-being, cleanliness, and “public face” of the household. When overseeing the stewardship of a family, business, or church, you are declaring that you are playing an active role and claiming responsibility for the very life, mission, and sustainability of what you care for. Providing stewardship is an honor and a great responsibility.
When we fully understand this principle and begin to live it daily, we will see and reap immense benefits. It will change the way we view everything! Our decisions and perspective will be different, and it will positively affect our purpose. We will manage the things we care about differently, becoming more grateful for everything we have, as well as having a stronger hope for the future.
Friend, are you properly managing and utilizing the resources you have? Do you see a need to enhance stewardship in all areas of your life? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the Lodestar Guidance leadership training program can be the beginning of living and leading with a greater purpose and determination.
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