What makes a good steward? How do I know I am being a good steward of the things I am holding stewardship over? What are the things that I hold stewardship over? I’ve been thinking about this during my meditative walks. And was reminded of this parable from the Gospel of Matthew 25:14-30
“At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there was a man who was about to leave home on a trip; he called his servants and put them in charge of his property. He gave to each one according to his ability: to one he gave five thousand gold coins, to another he gave two thousand, and to another he gave one thousand. Then he left on his trip. The servant who had received five thousand coins went at once and invested his money and earned another five thousand. In the same way the servant who had received two thousand coins earned another two thousand. But the servant who had received one thousand coins went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The servant who had received five thousand coins came in and handed over the other five thousand. ‘You gave me five thousand coins, sir,’ he said. ‘Look! Here are another five thousand that I have earned.’ ‘Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!’ Then the servant who had been given two thousand coins came in and said, ‘You gave me two thousand coins, sir. Look! Here are another two thousand that I have earned.’ ‘Well done, you good and faithful servant!’ said his master. ‘You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts. Come on in and share my happiness!’ Then the servant who had received one thousand coins came in and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man; you reap harvests where you did not plant, and you gather crops where you did not scatter seed. I was afraid, so I went off and hid your money in the ground. Look! Here is what belongs to you.’ ‘You bad and lazy servant!’ his master said. ‘You knew, did you, that I reap harvests where I did not plant, and gather crops where I did not scatter seed? Well, then, you should have deposited my money in the bank, and I would have received it all back with interest when I returned. Now, take the money away from him and give it to the one who has ten thousand coins. For to every person who has something, even more will be given, and he will have more than enough; but the person who has nothing, even the little that he has will be taken away from him. As for this useless servant—throw him outside in the darkness; there he will cry and gnash his teeth.’
The above is from the Good News Translations. Other translations call the coins Talents, which of course leads me to think that I am not just a steward over physical possessions but God given gifts as well. So what are my talents, gifts, and posessions and how am I using them for God’s glory and not my own. Because I don’t want to be like the last servant and afraid to use them.
My wife always gets on my case about not running more. She says it’s a gift and to not use God’s gift is not right. Others can’t run. My wife can sing. So I know I should run more, but for more reasons than just health. How do I use it for God’s glory? I don’t know right now. I know that sounds like a cop-out. I have been running with my daughter in her jogging stroller. Is that enough or is there more? That’s just one of many things. I, like many, get sucked into other aspects of life and neglect those talents that maybe have brought me joy in the past. Maybe they bring others joy as well. Maybe God. And maybe that’s part of what it means to be a good steward.
And Fridays Data. Sleep, well, I’m just gonna have to steal some naps this weekend. Finished strong on the balanced breathing and have done 5 days in a row exceeding my step goal. So going to need to up that goal from 8500 steps to maybe 9000.