Back in January, I chose My One Word – STEWARDSHIP. I decided that a lot of what I wanted to change about my life was due to a lack of stewardship. Stewardship is simply taking care of and managing what you have been entrusted with to the best of your ability. It can apply to anything from time, to finances, to possessions. I need help with all of it.
I am tired of looking for misplaced stuff. Kids’ library books, signed report card envelopes to return, keys, glasses, phones – all of it vanishes at one time or another. There’s no circumventing the truth. We are a disorganized family. No matter how many vows I make that the Legos will stay in the playroom or that the mismatched socks will be paired properly, there’s always a continuum of disorder around here.
Then there’s the stuff I can find perfectly well. It’s painfully present, junking up my world. Unless I am really on top of things, there is usually a bevy of shoes littering the enclosed front porch and a mountain of coats, jackets and backpacks teetering on the armchair in the foyer as you enter. It’s a real hot mess at times.
And that is to say nothing of the paper. School papers, junk mail, bills, greeting cards, store adverts – you name it. About once a week I bulldoze through and recycle enough paper to wallpaper the Great Wall of China and put away enough shoes to keep an army well-shod.
I have two kids still at home, ages 7 and 12, contributing to the mess. But it isn’t entirely their fault. My husband and I don’t have a well-organized schedule of when things will get done. Some people grocery shop every Tuesday and mop the floors exclusively on Saturdays.
We have no such system. Instead, we approach critical mass in terms of bare cupboards and scuzzy bathrooms. Then we can stand it no longer and go grocery shopping and scrub toilet bowls. If we were more purposeful about stewardship, this would not be an issue.
Every April, I grow nervous about summer finances because although we have some money set aside, we often fall short of what we need until September. Though we don’t live high on the hog, there are fiscal leaks that need to be fixed.
Our dream is to purchase a used Airstream and travel with our children in the summertime instead of working. We want to get out of debt so we can retire sooner and have more flexibility. Purposeful stewardship can fix this also.
My dream is to build up some influence as a writer and eventually be a full-time freelancer. Yet somehow, I can’t seem to gain much momentum because I don’t always allow MARGIN as I should and I am stretched too thin. Therefore, I don’t have enough time for research and writing.
Sometimes I say yes to things when I should say no to guard my time. Even worse, I waste time, often looking for lost things (see above), or mindlessly scrolling online. Writing more is possible if I make better use of my time. The solution? Purposeful stewardship.
PURSUIT OF PROGRESS
As a result of my struggles with stewardship, I am launching a series on the topic starting with this post. My family and I will be a work in progress while I write this series over the coming weeks.
I will touch on a variety of topics but I hope you will offer your suggestions in the comments for things you wish to read about in terms of stewardship. Earl Grey and Yellow is here to help you pursue progress too!
Everything I will share about will be an area we are making progress with, but haven’t perfected. I figure this will keep me honest and illustrate the point that mastery of a topic isn’t the only qualification for talking about it. Just sayin’.
Next week, the series will address how to avoid feeling overwhelmed when endeavoring to begin a stewardship journey. I’m excited to share with you and hear about your progress also. Please feel free to share these posts on social media if you find them helpful. Also, be sure to comment here on the blog about your journey. I love hearing from you.
I look forward to pursuing faithfulness in the little things through stewardship. Join me and together we can pursue progress.