Summary: Believe week 10 looks at Stewardship
Believe 9 - Stewardship
November 16, 2014
I think most of us who have lived a little bit of life, basically anyone who is in the working world . . . I think you would agree with the fact that life is not necessarily easy. Not only is it not always easy, we may find ourselves envious of the younger folks. After all, many of them don’t have the same problems we have. It seems that the more we work and acquire stuff, the more we find ourselves in some type of struggle.
When you consider the days when you owned practically nothing? Wasn’t life a little easier? You had less concerns. I know it was true for me. I had wants, but if I didn’t have something I couldn’t worry about it. Then I went to college, got a job, moved out, got a condo. Had a mortgage. My first mortgage was at 15.5%. I now had bills to pay, a car to pay for, clothes to buy for work. New concerns and issues invaded my life. I didn’t ask for them. I wanted money and a job. Probably in that order, too. When my light fixture broke, I had to fix it, and blew the circuits. And on and on it went.
The responsibilities grew and then I got married. Of course, I didn’t have to fix anything there. Now it was Debbie’s job to do the fixing! Then we had children, and new responsibilities came and will forever remain. We bought a house, had new toys we had to buy and keep up; and it never ends. At least is seems that way. It seems the more we own, the more we get, the more complicated life becomes.
David tells the following in Psalm 24 ~
1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
David is pretty clear about who is the owner and creator of everything. As the NIV translates this passage, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” That pretty much sums it up. Everything is the Lord’s! While we may admit that, it’s kind of disconcerting. We strive for control and power over our lives, and it often starts when we are very young.
One day a dad wanted to do something special with his 5 year old son. He asked him what he wanted to do right now! The boy said, “I want McDonald’s French Fries.” His father said, “OK, let’s go!”
They got into the car and started toward McDonald’s. The boy could taste the fries before they even reached McDonald’s. His Dad made the order, and the boy’s heart pounded when his Dad said super size it.
The dad was thrilled to see his little boy so happy over something so simple. He decided to join in the fun. He reached over to get a couple of the boys fries.
To his surprise, his son quickly put his arms around his fries, pulled them toward himself and said, “These are mine.” His dad was shocked. He couldn’t believe it.
The dad was thinking, my boy doesn’t understand I am the source of those French fries.