I felt so disappointed. I was even angry. And frustrated. My heart screamed, “Why were all of these things happening to ME? Hadn’t already been through enough?”. I spent a lot of time in tears and with a sense of despair. I’d love to say that I could pinpoint exactly when I was feeling like that but the truth is that I have felt like that more times than I wish I’d had. It wasn’t just one time or one incident. It has been many times. Many experiences. Many situations. I look back at those times – any of them – and I realize I was missing something pivotal, something so integral to my spiritual growth that without understanding the fundamental truth of it, I would still be considered a ‘baby Christian’ that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 3. I wish I had learned sooner about these 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.
When I was caught up in frustration, disappointment, and anger, I was focused on my plans and dreams for my life. I wasn’t thinking that God might have other plans for me. I had already made my plans and dictated how I thought my life should be like. And when those plans failed, I turned to my jaded self.
I had to learn to steward my life, not steer it.
Hmmm…how many of you are trying to take control of the steering wheel?
How many of you have forgotten – or not even understood – that God has great plans for you. he is the One who has woven you together, he has the perfect blueprint for your life. This life you have is not yours. It is on loan to you from God.
Your life is really His life.
When we begin looking at our lives with this perspective, we are less likely to become so involved with our feelings when things don’t work out the way we think that they should. Sure, there will still be disappointments, but that disappointment is eased by the Hope we have in the truth that He has something so much better for us.
Your life matters. Do you really believe that? Do you believe just how important you are to God?
Every now and then, I will come across an AMAZING woman of God and I’ll think to myself, “I want to be a Godly woman like that!”. I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about. It’s that older woman whose eyes always sparkle. The woman who oozes Jesus. When she is around, everyone feels her JOY and LOVE. Your spirit immediately relaxes and feels at rest.
How did she get like that? Well, she realized that her life has a purpose and she let that purpose plant her like an oak tree. She has allowed herself to be a place where people find rest under the shady tree. Has her life been easy and pain-free? Most likely, it hasn’t been at all. In fact, I’d even bet that it is because of the pain that she is the way she is. She has allowed the Lord to use her pain and suffering for His glory. She has found purpose in her life.
If you want to be a good steward of your life, find your purpose.
2. Build a Legacy
Legacy is so important. The biggest reason how I know this is because neither my husband or I have a strong Godly legacy in our lives. We both wish that we did have a Godly legacy to speak of. Instead, we are left with legacies of infidelity, witchcraft, mental illness, divorce, abuse…just plain evil.
But we are changing that, the 3 of us – me, Marcus (hubby), and God. We are providing a healthy, safe, and loving home for our kids. With them and for them, we are building our lives upon Jesus Christ. We are showing them how to live a Godly life, how to have a Godly marriage, what Godly parenting looks like, and what is most important in life.
Sure, we mess it up sometimes, but what we do with that mess is equally important as getting it right. Sometimes it’s even more important. Building a legacy means handling those mistakes the right way.
A legacy is a long-term commitment. It’s from generation after generation. We must understand that there will be opposition from the opposer of God. He wants to destroy these plans – he certainly wants to destroy the legacy you are building, and that typically starts with your marriage. And we might take some detours along the way. I took a detour this weekend, sadly.
But remember this truth: God’s plans are so much bigger than any detours I might take. Isn’t that wonderful truth?
If you want to be a good steward of your life, build a legacy.
3. Live Free
I talk about this truth a lot on this blog. I talk about it often because I know what it’s like to not live in freedom. Living in darkness and death is not new to me. I have experienced it. I have also experienced finding life and freedom in Jesus Christ.
This understanding helps me to continuously pursue a life of freedom. To pursue LIFE. The more I pursue this, the more I see that my life will stand up against the storms of life because it is built on Jesus Christ. It’s not built upon my own desires, dreams, and plans. That structure would crumble at the first gust of wind. I know this is true because it has happened!
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If you want to be a good steward of your life, pursue life and freedom in Jesus.
Wisdom…something we are seriously lacking in our day and age! I mean, we have tons of worldly wisdom. The self-help industry is a $10 billion per year commerce – in the USA alone! We certainly do not lack in ‘wisdom’ and advice. However, this advice is more about opinion rather than truth.
Our world is devoid of Godly wisdom. Because our world is bereft of His wisdom, it is no wonder it is falling apart. It is no wonder we have so much tragedy. So much pain. So much death.
Worldly wisdom brings destruction. Godly wisdom builds.
One thing I have been doing lately is rephrasing Proverbs 24:3, By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. I have been saying, “By wisdom, a woman is built.” Now, that is empowering! I am being built on Godly wisdom! When I rearticulate this verse that way, I am reminded to make the wisest choice available on a daily basis.
God’s word is way ahead of us – it will never, ever have to play catch up with us. If you don’t know what to do in a situation, then seek wisdom in His word. Pray before, during and after you search His word. He will answer. We might not like His response, but He will give us His wisdom every single time.
For example, when my son was little, he’d have the absolute worst temper tantrums. I couldn’t find any worldly wisdom that worked for him. Finally, I prayed – and God answered. He told me exactly what to do. My son is now 14 and I can tell you, without a doubt, that God’s wisdom in dealing with that problem has lasting effects. It has developed good fruit – in my life, in his life, and in our relationship – not to mention how our trust in God grew.
Seek His wisdom, friend. You won’t go wrong. Have your habits, speech, decisions, everything, built on God’s wisdom.
If you want to be a good steward of your life, make the wisest choice available.
Next week, we’ll dive deeper into the topic of wisdom. I plan to cover ideas such as the development of wisdom, how to build up knowledge, maturing in our faith…PLUS, there will be a special challenge!!
My friends, what are some other ways you have stewarded your life well?
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