The Bounds of Stewardship

One of the greatest lessons that one can learn in life is that one’s area of stewardship is finite. Some things fall inside the boundaries of one’s stewardship, and other things fall outside of the boundaries of one’s stewardship. It takes wisdom, and sometimes perhaps even revelation, to know the difference. But great freedom can come when one does not try to involve oneself in, or insert oneself into, areas that are outside of one’s stewardship. And great personal fulfillment can come when one willingly takes up the mantle of responsibility for those issues, tasks, and activities to which God has assigned one stewardship. Also, peace between and among brothers and sisters in Christ can come when people realize the points at which their stewardship ends, and another’s stewardship begins.

Sometimes one can be assigned a task, and eagerly, or at least faithfully, undertake to fulfill and complete that task. But the assignee and doer of the task does not usually own what, in the end, results from or is created by fulfillment and completion of the task. The stewardship for the final use and disposition of the product or result of the task most often still lies with the assigner of the task. In other words, just because I do something or create something because a task was assigned to me, doesn’t mean that I own the result, and doesn’t mean that I get to decide what happens with the product or result of my labor.

There is an old adage that a former co-worker of mine, named Gary, from more than 30 years ago, used to say: “Let go, and let God.” Perhaps you’ve heard it, too. It may seem or sound trite, but there’s a lot of truth to it. There are a lot of things in life that are beyond our control. If we can train and remind ourselves to learn and remember that, it can remove a lot of unnecessary weight from our shoulders. The Holy Spirit can do a great deal more, and more expeditiously, in our lives and the lives of those around us if and when we yield to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him the room to move and act. And we’ll probably find that we live with a greater degree of peace and harmony with those around us, if and when we consistently put those words (“Let go, and let God”) into practice. Thanks, Gary!
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