Stewardship is a means of showing gratitude for all that we have in our lives. Each of us has something that we can be grateful for. As a way of life stewardship calls all of us to action.
To respond generously to others, our communities and the world, for the gifts that we receive from God, is not something that God demands or needs it is something that we need to do.
You may ask: How can I show enough gratitude for all that I have received? I have so much compared to others. Just start. Just do something and plan to build upon these first steps.
What are the Benefits of Stewardship?
It is an incredible challenge to be a disciple of Jesus in today’s world. We all face obstacles, opportunities and challenges in our fast-paced environment that promote selfishness and greed as the path to success and happiness.
Having a clear vision and sense of purpose informed by the Gospel, opens the way for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude, generosity and responsibility, to thank God for abundant gifts and play our part in creating a better world.
Being a Christian Steward will help us to:
- Nuture our talents for the benefit of others
- Let go of our worries about chasing after more and more of the world’s goods
- Experience the power of God’s presence in our lives
- Cultivate a generosity of spirit and an attentiveness to the needs of others
Practical Ways to Live Stewardship
- Read the Scriptures and pray daily - use one of the resources listed within this website e.g. "The Little Burgandy Book. Six minute reflections" or set a reminder on your computer to have a reflection site appear when you start up e.g. http://churchresources.info/pray/gospel.php
- Give thanks each day for God's provision - develop an attitude of gratitude. You may like to start a gratitude journal and each day list those things/events/people/challenges that you are grateful for.
- Review your budget to ensure your spending reflects your values - ask yourself what percentage of your income you give to your parish or charity. Are you able to increase that by 1% this year?
- Participate in some project with the poor - the poor come in many guises. Consider giving your time to a project which will make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than yourself e.g. Rosies Street Ministry, a soup kitchen, St. Vincent de Paul, prison visits or letter writing.
- Take active steps to care for the earth - examine your household practices in relation to energy consumption and recycling. You will find some suggestions at: Brisbane City Council's Recycling page.
- Affirm a gift or talent you appreciate in another person - be on the lookout for the skills and talents in others e.g. thank and compliment a shop assistant for their efficient service.
“Learning about stewardship has changed the way I think about Church – my involvement is no longer motivated by what I have to do but rather how can I use my gifts to build up the faith community” (Anne)
“Stewardship has challenged me to the core, not just in how willing am I to serve in parish ministry but doing so, with joy and thankfulness.” (John)
“Here is a vision that I can relate to, not just in my time in Church but in every aspect of my daily life – it has brought my faith alive because it gives meaning and value to everything I do.” (Mike)