Much of the reason why so many people today live lives that are meager, unfulfilled, and empty has to do with this concept of stewardship.
Stewardship is a term that isn’t heard much these days. While the use of the word seems a little outdated, the concept can be considered timeless. Stewardship can be closely related to responsibility, a concept that never goes out of style. A life based on stewardship, and more specifically taking responsibility, is one of the core principles of living the RichLife.
Those individuals who push through each day at top speed doing as much as is possible, to gain (accumulate) as much as is possible may be missing the key to living a truly RichLife. (A fulfilled life.)
Ask yourself this question: Do you view your talents and physical possessions as something you own and are entitled to? Or as special gifts that have been entrusted to your keeping? The latter describes a person who understands stewardship. Interestingly enough, the root word for stewardship is keeper.
The irresponsible person will not respect their own talents and giftings, nor will they take responsibility to perfect them. That will be true then in most every facet of that person’s life. We see this happening every day in the lives of those around us. People are focused on accumulating a certain amount of money. Or on accumulating a certain number of possessions. Or on simply getting through the month with enough money to make it. Even the thought of stewardship is seldom considered.
Once a person changes his mindset over to a stewardship philosophy, it changes everything. It changes how that person thinks, serves, communicates and produces. That person will be serious about learning his purpose in this life and take the needed steps to live out that purpose.
While stewardship includes money, it definitely is not at the top of the list. It’s a fact that when the principles of stewardship come into play, finances nearly always increase.