This Lenten season, we are focusing on Holistic Stewardship, which is:
the good management of financial/material resources and
our time, energy, and talents to care for, love, and serve
our neighbors, all people, and the entire creation
for the sake of God’s realm that is here, near, and not yet fulfilled
(see 1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
Temple Talk (3-24):
Holistic Stewardship, again, is the management of our whole lives and being:
financial means, time, energy, and talents in order to care for, love, and serve all people, all creation, and God.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, I shared that we are called to give financially as our hearts are so called to do without threat, compulsion, or dreaded obligation; thus, we are called to be ‘cheerful givers’. But, we also are not called to be leprechauns, who are obsessed with collecting and hoarding their gold.
Similarly, we are called to give of our time, our energy, and our talents as we are able and our hearts are called to do so for the sake of God’s work, will, and realm.
We are called to give freely of ourselves
without threat, compulsion, or dreaded obligation. But our time, our energy, and talents must be budgeted and safe-guarded to an extent to prevent being over-whelmed:
emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually leading to burn out.
So, take care and be mindful of how you budget your time, your energy, and your talents.
May you find balance between hoarding in self-indulgence and over-excreting for the sake of all people, all creation, and God’s work, will, and realm among us.
Mid-Week Reflection (03-27)
Holistic stewardship is the management of our time, energy, and talents along with our financial and material resources to care for, love, and serve our neighbors, all people, and the entire creation for the sake of God’s realm that is here, near, and not yet fulfilled.
Our time, energy, and talents must be budgeted similar to our banking accounts.
We may consider this the “Work – Life” balance.
What if we calculated it on a balance sheet?
One side of the balance sheet would be who and what feeds our minds, bodies, and souls; thus, our energy income.
The other side would be who and want drains us emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually; thus, our energy expense.
It is important that the sheet ‘balances’.
If we have a surplus of time and energy, it may imply:
- We are hoarding our time, energy, talents, and ourselves.
- We are overly guarding our lives.
- We are not participating in God’s work, will, and realm as we ought.
If we are continual drained of time and energy, it may imply:
- We are spending more of our time, energy, talents, and ourselves
than we have to give.
- We are not wisely budgeting our time, energy, and talents.
- We are not safe-guarding our lives enough.
- We are not prioritizing our lives for the sake of God’s work and will for our sake or that of our families, our neighbors, the creation, and God.
This is awkward. It is not only because this is a pre-recorded sermon BUT you will watch it after the most self-indulgent weekend of my entire life.
However, it is essential that we create a ‘balance’ of self-care that builds up our ‘accounts’ and the demands on our time, energy, and talents that withdraw from that ‘account’… because as a mentoring pastor shared with me:
“You must keep your feed buckets full,
because how can you feed the others if your own buckets are empty”.
The answer is simple: you cannot.
Plus, science and business studies confirm that the employees who take their vacation time are happier and more productive than those who do not. Why?
Vacation is used as a time for self-care, rest, and restoration, thus returning to their responsibilities recharged, refreshed, and ready to ‘spend’ the surplus of energy.
So, vacation is a win-win!
May we each find the people and things that recharge us with a surplus of energy, in order that we may budget and spend our time, energy, and talents in caring for, loving, and serving all people, the entire creation, and God for the sake of God’s work, will, and realm. Amen.