Every new day introduces new opportunities to practice a life of stewardship. When we wake up each morning, we can start by thanking God for so many blessings. Whether it is the serenade from a choir of birds outside the window, a hot shower, a stocked pantry or a smile from the person in the drive-thru, we have countless opportunities to recognize each of these as simple yet marvelous gifts from our Heavenly Father.
“All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.” (James 1:17)
As good stewards, we are called to recognize these gifts from God and the gifts He gave us to share with the world. Sharing our gifts in our everyday life affects people in ways we may never know. A simple smile and kind word to a cashier could be the ray of light they needed to spread the same cheer to the next person they encounter. Remember, a smile is contagious.
“Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s portico.” (Acts 5:12)
In the Acts of the Apostles we are told that Christ’s apostles performed many “signs and wonders” in public. Because the apostles shared the gifts God gave them, they changed the lives of “a great number of men and women” who were led to believe in the Lord. When we live our life practicing daily acts of love, compassion, kindness and generosity, we are instruments of evangelization. As good stewards we believe that if we focus on Christ each day, everything we do has the power to transform a life in this broken world.
Once we embrace the true meaning of stewardship in our lives it changes the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship is a total way of life. How can we use the gifts God gave us to make a difference in someone’s life today?
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.