February 26, 2011

The Word

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


I am a steward.  It is my responsibility to take care of many things that are owned by someone else.  All that I am, all that I have, and all that I hope are Christ's.  This world would say that I own a home, have a husband, can spend my time any way I wish, and eat whatever I want.  But this is not true if I am the steward that God has called me to be.  It is not my money to spend,  it is not my body to abuse, it is not my relationship to neglect, it is not my world to destroy, and it is not my time to waste.  It all belongs to God.  I am simply the caregiver, the manager, the investor.

Would I neglect a needy one left in my care by a friend?  Then why would I neglect the needy ones that God has left in my care?  Would I force feed a friend to stifle her feelings of depression or anger?  Then why would I do it to the body that God has given me to care for?   Would I spend all the money in my friend's purse when left for me to guard?  Then why would I do it with the money that God has left for me to invest in others?  Would I allow my children to whittle away time in uselessness as if time can be re-birthed?  Then why do I waste the time that God has given me to spend with him and laboring for his kingdom?  Why is it that I say I'm God's friend, yet I treat all he has given me as if it is something I found on the side of the road - free for the taking?

Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.


The word - my one word- for this year is Stewardship.

Stewardship of all that he has given me - focusing on these areas: my time, my money, my body, my relationships, my gifts and talents, and the land.

Deuteronomy 6:10-12
When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,  be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.


How different would my life and my world be if I truly believed and acted as a caretaker for Almighty God?
 
Deuteronomy 6:13-19
Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;  for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.  Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah.  Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors,  thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.


Deuteronomy 6:20-25
In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?”  tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors.  The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.  And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

A prayer from The New Century Hymnal clarifies these scriptures I've mentioned in such an eloquent, yet piercing way. . .

 "May you love God so much that you love nothing else too much; May you fear God enough that you need fear nothing at all."

2011 ~ The year of stewardship of all that God has given me.

To read a recent post called My One Word Fell Flat (or so I thought), which is about last year's word, please click here.

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Today I am linking up with Spiritual Sundays

11 comments:

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! But your message even more so. And the quote - wow, so true! Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Thank you for your message and the gentle reminder of what true stewardship is. I love your photos bring just peace as I scrolled down and read the scritptures with this beautiful message.
    Blessings

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  3. You should really consider writing a devotional book with all your great inspiring posts and beautiful pictures. So much truth in this post! Thanks for being such a blessing!

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  4. Such a beautiful post, in every way. Thank you! Have a Happy Spiritual Sunday!

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  5. I agree with Lea. Your pictures on this post are exquisite; the words are truth. Stewardship as your one word is already showing this year, Stephani!

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  6. Great post, with great reminders and great photos! <3

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  7. your photos are amazing..and your message a good one.

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  8. Thank you, dear friend. I am encouraged by your words and your scriptures.
    blessings
    ~a

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  9. I never thought about stewardship in quite this way. Beautiful thoughts and I loved the prayer, too.

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  10. GORGEOUS photos - and what a great post on stewardship!

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  11. Very good thoughts and beautiful pictures. It's so true. It all belongs to God.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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