Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stewardship for Endurance

The definition of stewardship is difficult and vague to ascertain. Any definition I've found seem to have a similar understandings: to manage, to assist, to take care of. So while some of us are off stewarding (gosh, is that a word) our own little world, who stewards us? Who stewards the mothers, the teachers, the counselors, the fathers, the ones who take care of everyone else? Unfortunately, the answer is no one in this world (we are all children of the Ultimate Steward). So what do we do now? Well, in all reality, we take a deep breath and get back at it.

My five year old gave me some amazing advice....when things get tough mommy, you stop, drop, and roll. Yes, it was a concept that I had taught my Sunday School class, but to recognize the implication in my own life was a little startling. First, we must stop before we get too deep into a situation. Assess, what are my needs and what do I need to give to make this goal happen. Then 'drop': drop to our knees and ask God for his grace, understanding, and protection to get through it. Then we roll: we roll on through with our plan of attack. According to my daughter - "it's really quite simple."

Then for those of use that are looking for options on the proverbial white knight to come and take care of us, well we need to keep looking. God provides everything that we need in our lives, and yes, life can feel overwhelming, but it's never more than we can handle.

So for the days that require our endurance to face the terrors of high gas prices, jobs that definately don't pay enough, a schedule that leaves no room for rest, a job that you can't decide where it came from, and managing everyone's needs before your own...stop, drop, and roll. God will take care of the fires, and He'll bring you through it: we just have to endure.


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