Now that the New Year is underway and, hopefully, you have decided what your “one” word to concentrate on the most will be (see Blog # 92), it’s time to begin to organize the different areas of your life.
But there is one thought I would like to share that I think will make this year easier for you: You and I do not “own” anything! Everything we have from homes to cars to children is on loan to us from God. He has given us the title of “Manager” and He expects us to take good care of what He has entrusted to us.
How will this make your year easier? Because if God owns everything, we can stop the rat-race of trying to accumulate so much. We can stop worrying about so many things and instead, concentrate on how to take care of what He has given us. There is a huge amount of responsibility every time you buy something. But there is freedom if we realize that we are only managers here on earth.
And when we die, we really won’t be taking anything with us! So what will we leave? Giant homes or giant amounts of love given to others? Multiple bank accounts or multiple times of giving to others? Large amount of time with personal activities or large amount of time spent with your husband and children? Please don’t misunderstand me. Large homes and bank accounts are blessings from God when they are used for His purposes. But if that is all we try to accomplish in our time on earth, then we have misused what God has entrusted us with.
That is why I feel that organizing every aspect of our life is so important. God wants us to be good stewards of our money: to give but also to save correctly, to not get into debt and to be wise with investments. God wants us to be good stewards of the homes and furnishings we have. If we don’t, we won’t be able to use our homes for ministry. When we take care of our clothes, our food budget, our home repairs, our cars, and our health then we are being good managers of what He has given us.
And He can say to us one day, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”