January 11, 2017: How To Be A Good Steward

~by Susi Pittman


Good stewardship of our lives, our family, our brethren around us, our Church and the earth can only happen if each of us feels personally responsible for the well-being and care of all that surrounds us. A good steward is a caretaker who handles the household tasks while the owner is away. Stewardship differs from work or ministry, which are more occupations. Stewardship is a personal, heart-felt commitment to God in commending one’s life in service to Him; in time, talent and treasure.

Stewardship is a vocation. It goes back to the basics of being a “created” being by the Creator-God. God creates out of love, His acts of creating are NEVER random, they are specific, purposeful and imbued with goodness. God’s divine providence guides each of us open to His will and not our own, to be “good” caretakers, to accept our vocation in fulfilling His plans while on Earth. And to always address the gifts He has given us, by sharing these gifts without prejudice, self-interest or indiscriminate actions of power.

What are the three cornerstones of becoming a good steward?

  • Reverence. It is in the respect, honor and veneration that we give our Creator that we are immediately connected to a higher level of being and performance. Our work is touched with purpose and we move into a voluntary relationship of care and love for our surroundings and our fellow man. Have you ever just stretched out on the grass on a mid-summer’s night and gazed at a cloudless sky covered in stars, as you listened to the hum of nearby crickets and not been moved in the awe of the One who created it all? That same “awe” is the path to sharing in the reverence of the One who created you. It is the initial way of connecting in a deeper more profound experience in understanding.
  • Value. Value always follows the respect of that which we hold dear. We show we value sometimes by our words and behavior. It is essential when we address our role as stewards. Nothing can influence a person’s mind more than an example set. Christ led us entirely by his example. All His words were truth and all His works held “value” in their actions. If we are to lead, we must by example show the value and necessity of such leadership by our own behavior. I loved what Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel, and sometimes use words.” Valuing our God and the great gifts He has given us will found us into a deeper spiritual relationship with Him.
  • Responsibility. The choices we make create an immediate environment around us that affect all who come within the realm of it. We are, like it or not, inextricably interconnected with one another and the whole of creation. That is the way God intended it. This truth never has changed. We exist in a world of high tech highways and aloof ivory towers that have certainly conditioned us over a period-of-time to a more singular, self-involved and distant relationship with our world. But, the truth still exists. We are still responsible at the most basic level for the care of all things in our world. We cannot be distanced from it, no matter the false mantra. Responsible actions are the mandate of every good steward to conduct the mission given each one of us to serve our God in all ways.

Take time in the week ahead, to seek God out in prayer. Invoke the Holy Spirit. Petition your favorite saint to aid you in word, but especially in action to become a better steward of your life, your family, your community, your Church and your world. God is counting on YOU!

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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