Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price…

1 Cor 6:19-20a

Being a steward of something simply means that I’ve been entrusted with managing something that belongs to someone else. As the verse above notes, I am no longer my own; I belong to God. When I consider managing my time, my resources and myself, I must draw the lines of ownership correctly. I am the steward. God is entrusting me with time, resources. . . life.

My husband and I are embarking upon a total change in our thinking about life. The change boils down to holistic stewardship. In the past, when I have considered this topic of stewardship, money comes to mind first. Talents take a close second. But otherwise, I don’t really consider myself a steward of other areas. But as I’ve been thinking and reading (and reading and reading) lately, I’ve come to see what a poor steward I am of many areas of my life. I’ve been busy patting myself on the back for being a faithful tithe-giver, but I’ve neglected areas like my body and my time.

Challenged by our friend Ted’s simplicity project, we set out to write our own list of ways we could try simplifying our lives. We determined we would brainstorm, categorize and then pick a category to try each month. If it worked well or was beneficial, we might extend the idea into the following months. As we discussed things we could do, we realized that many of the items on our list were not “try for a month” ideas. They were changes that truly just ought to be made. As we re-read the list out loud, we also realized that our overall theme was not just simplifying – it was becoming better stewards of every area of our lives.

I started this blog in an effort to chronicle our journey into becoming better stewards of our whole lives. This includes being faithful stewards of our time, money, relationships, environment, resources, and bodies. I originally posted about it on my other blog, but I decided to dedicate a whole blog to the topic. We’ve already changed so much in our mindset! I’m looking forward to continuing to get better at doing this.

Welcome to Stewardship Living!


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