July 3 – 4, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me, ‘Son of man, I am sending you…’” — Ezekiel 2:2-3
God has a plan for each of us. He calls us to do something for him. But he doesn’t leave us on our own to figure it out. He gives us the resources we need to do his work. Are you listening for God’s call? When you hear it, do you get on your feet and do the work he asks of you? Do not be afraid. God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. Answer his call.
July 10 – 11, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” — Mark 6:8
Imagine taking nothing but a stick when you go on a trip. The Apostles must have really trusted in God’s providential care. Think of all the material things “we can’t live without” in today’s world. We make our life’s journey more difficult because of all the material baggage that we drag along. Putting God first in everything and putting our money and possessions second gives us freedom because we don’t become “slaves” to wanting to acquire more things.
July 17 – 18, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’” — Mark 6:31
Do you spend time every day alone and in silence listening to how God is calling you? If not, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to develop a more personal relationship with him. Unless we talk and — more importantly — listen to God every day, how else will we know how he is calling us? Consider making a retreat this year, and spend some “alone” time with God.
July 24 – 25, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” — John 6:9
The miracle of the loaves and fishes carries two important messages. First, no matter how little we have, we always have enough to share. Second, Christ can take our humble gifts and do great things with them if we are just willing to let him. Nothing is impossible with God. All of our gifts, big or small, were given to us for a reason. No gift is too small or insignificant!
July 31 – August 1, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.” — Exodus 16:4
When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten. In the same way today, self-reliance, pride and ego lead to hoarding and excessive surplus of goods and money. Living a stewardship lifestyle helps us to distinguish our “wants” from our “needs.” Living a grateful and generous lifestyle reminds us that God will provide all that we need and that we have plenty to share.