Next Level Life: Stewardship

My One Word 2018

It’s just after Christmas and the bulk of the hustle and bustle has soared by in a blur of sprinkles and gift receipts. In this quiet, contemplative time before we enter the new year, I am thinking about my life, particularly about stewardship. Maybe you’re thinking about your life too.

What are your dreams, hopes, and goals? As the new year presents us with a refreshingly blank pageful of possibility on our calendars, what will we do?

My One Word 2018

If I’m honest, it’s overwhelming. There’s much I would like to change about my life. I’m not unhappy, but I’m not where I’d like to be. To be a better version of myself is the goal. What about you?

The same grueling wrestling matches are taking place as I enter a new year. I’m overweight, in debt, and live in a house that we don’t keep up as we should. We are blessed, yet we haven’t been the best stewards of what we have been given.

As I considered what My One Word would be this year (more on that HERE with a free printable), it was clear weeks ago that I would choose STEWARDSHIP as my word. This word has been staring me down, convicting me. I’ve been entrusted with much and need to care for and use it well. I often don’t, citing busyness or lack of resources as my excuses.

I can’t tell you how many times Luke 16:10 has emerged in my life over the past several months, spurring me towards what I’m calling a Next Level Life:

“Whoever who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” – Luke 16:10

About four years ago, I had an episode in my kitchen when God showed me that I needed to be a better steward of my finances, health, and study of the Bible. It’s hard to describe, but it was a God Moment. I was listening to Hosanna by Hillsong and a feeling of intense love washed over me. In my spirit, I knew these instructions were God-given, but I didn’t understand why.

At the time, I knew I needed to improve in these areas. It just didn’t seem clear why it was being quickened to me in that moment. Only after I got injured two years later, and found out I couldn’t run, did it become clear. Sometimes you just need to act and not dwell on the why.

This blog started as a result of that injury, as a way to work through my grief at finding out my body would never be the same. I would never be able to run distances again. The unexpected outcome was that my long-lost love for writing was reignited and fanned into flame.

Sometimes you just need to act and not dwell on the why. 

In the deepest places in my heart and mind, I feel an overwhelming burden to create. I also feel pangs of fear and doubt. These warring factions have resulted in an unfocused, lukewarm pursuit of what I wish to be a white-hot quest for a Next Level Life as a writer.

Suddenly, the moment in my kitchen about my lack of stewardship made sense. By getting healthy, getting my finances in order, and diving more deeply into the Word, I will be better equipped to pursue writing on a serious level. If my dream is to pursue writing as more than a hobby, these other things must be part of the process.

This is not God dangling a holy carrot in front of me in order to get me to do something. Quite the contrary. He knows what is best for me. He knows that if I am a better steward of my health, finances, and study of the Word, I will be a better writer. I will feel better and think better. And that’s what I’m after – a better version of myself.

Stewardship is key because it honors God and sets a good example for those around us. Also, it’s biblical that stewardship pleases God and positions us for a Next Level Life. This idea appears in Luke 19, as well as in Matthew 25:

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ – Matthew 25:23

So yes, Stewardship 2018 is my un-resolution. It will be a way of living that allows me to draw closer to my Heavenly Father while chasing the dream He’s dropped into my heart. And chase it I shall.

What will you do to pursue a Next Level Life in 2018? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Look for more posts in 2018 about living a Next Level Life!

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

12 thoughts on “Next Level Life: Stewardship

  1. Already picked my one word… Balance…I know it’s not 2018 yet but I want to go into the new year prepared. Merry Christmas, Tracy and Happy New Years!!!

  2. Very good Post Tracy! God has been talking to me about stewardship ALOT too. So I felt my spirit leap and say “YES!” as I read your post lol. My word for 2018 will be “Believe” and I want Jesus to help me increase my faith. And I hope to steward every opportunity Jesus brings for me to believe!!

  3. I certainly have been feeling similar! I feel in the last year or two I have become a better steward of my home, but do not put the time into writing I would like to make it more than a hobby. My home, marriage, and day-job are put before my writing. I’m ok with putting my home and marriage before my writing, and it’s hard not to with my day-job as it is my source of financial security. Time management is my biggest obstacle, but I will strive to do better this year!

    1. Kim, we seem to be living parallel lives. That’s exactly how I feel also. I’ve discovered that planning is key. Without well-considered plans, we can’t be good stewards. All the best as you focus on your goals.

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