So far our daily readings have reflected on the core qualities of servant leadership – Integrity, Humility, Flexibility and Resilience. The fifth is Stewardship. (Okay, you can stop reading because we all know that the church just wants your money. But that’s not true – I would suggest that thought is merely an excuse to not be self-reflective about priorities.) One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions of the word stewardship is “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” I invite you to sit in your thinking chair and think about what has been entrusted to your care? Perhaps that’s exactly what makes you – you. Jennifer Stasak writes: “A servant leader sees people as valuable to God and stewards their time and talents well. This kind of leader calls out what is good and true about the people they lead, giving them instruction and encouragement in how to serve God well. A servant leader uses their time for God’s glory, not their own. When this kind of person interacts with you, you’ll know it. You’ll leave interactions feeling like you are valued by them and God, and that your talents are being leveraged for the kingdom. That’s an example worth following!”
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:10
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
What has God entrusted into your care?
Who are the good stewards in your life?
What gifts are you sharing in the world?
Prayer: Holy God, help me strive to be faithful in my response and resources. Let me make an intentional effort to show by my daily choices that you have preference in my life. Amen