I have done a lot of thinking about life and how in life we always seek and want more. We search and work ourselves to near exhausting in pursuit of the next best thing we have to get. Whether it’s your dream job, car, or house, it seems our mindset is always on more. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting more. However in that pursuit of more, do we take the time to appreciate what we have in our current state. This got me to thinking of what it means to be a good steward. All my life I was taught to take care and cherish what you have no matter how big or small because it was all a gift from God. This included anything from the food we ate to the bus driver that used to take us to school.
Fast forward 20 years and sad to say that teaching is still with me but not exercised as much as it should. There are many things I want for myself in life. Yes I want more and I will admit that wanting more sometimes causes me to neglect to cherish the here and now.
During my hiatus I had time to really evaluate and found that I was not a very good steward of the things I am blessed with. I found myself always focusing and praying for more but never really taking the time like I should to thank God for the here and now with the exception of my family and health. I never took the time to be appreciative of the fact that during this tough time I have a job that I am able to go to everyday. In fact whether it’s my dream job or not I should still smile when I go there because that is a blessing. I have a car that is reliable and gets me anywhere I need to go. But rather than being thankful that I do not have a car payment, I am lured by all the new gizmos and gadgets on the newer models. So I neglect to keep my exterior washed and may go 100 or 200 miles over my normal oil change/maintenance. Again not a good steward.
I had to sit and have a long conversation with God to get to the bottom of this and the answer was very simple and crystal clear. In order to be blessed I have to be a good steward over the gifts I have now and also bless others with my gifts. Each and everything we have comes from a blessing and it is our duty to share and pass the blessings forward. This will give God glory. I had to take the focus off of me and what I thought I needed, and in turn manage what I have to the best of my ability to help others and in turn glorify God.