Sometimes we need to get back to the basics when we talk about stewardship. We need to realize that stewardship is not rocket science, but rather is something simple we all can grasp and understand.
Years ago, I was moved to take a deeper look at my gifts from God. For example, all of our time on Earth is a gift from God. I think most people dismiss that idea. We need to focus on the time we have here on Earth for the gift that it truly is. After all, God has given us this time, so we need to use it for His glory and not our own.
Before long, I tried to appeal to those around me in regard to their time. I asked my parishioners how they used their time. I knew that God had called each one of us to be a saint, and as we stand before that final judgment, we were going to have to explain how we used our time. I also knew that God wasn’t going to just look for the big and magnificent things we did during our life, but at how we served our neighbors.
In other words, God will want to know how we took care of others’ needs, and that’s really what the stewardship way of life does. It provides us with the opportunity to care for another one’s needs, just as Jesus has asked us to do.