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Stewardship is for everyone, but is unique to each of us

How can we all be called to stewardship equally, when we all have different means? Stewardship looks different for each of us because God made each of us unique with different gifts and talents. The Bible tells us that we are called to share proportionate to our blessings.
“The measure of your own voluntary offering which you will give shall be in proportion to the blessing the Lord your God, has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:10)
As faithful Christian stewards we are called to share our gifts to serve one another. These gifts are different for everyone and we all have something to give. The Bible gives us numerous examples of how we are called to give proportionately. In addition to the story of the poor widow’s mite and the parable of the talents, St. Peter tells us “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
We are all called to spend time in prayer. The amount of time we spend in prayer varies by person. I know we all seem so busy, but scheduled time with God in prayer should be the most important meeting we have all day.
Sharing our talents is another element of living a life of stewardship. Not everyone was given a beautiful voice, so we all shouldn’t sing in the choir. There are so many ways to use our talents to serve others. In addition to the many ways to serve at Mass, take a look at the list of ministries at your parish. Chances are good that you have a talent that is needed by one of these ministries.
Lastly, and just as important as the first two, we are called to be good stewards of our treasure. This means giving generously of our financial resources. There is not a set gift amount that makes one a good steward. We are all called to give proportionate to what we have. St. Luke tells us, “…Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48)
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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