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Category Archives: Stewardship

5 Ways to Honor God With Your Time

Stewardship is about honoring God with what he’s blessed us with. One of God’s gifts is time. And, it’s a precious gift, because in the grand scheme of things, our time on earth is extremely brief!

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is. (Psalm 39.4, NLT)

So, we want to make the most of our time on the planet.

Teach us to number our days so we can have a wise heart. (Psalm 90.12, CEB)

Of all of the ways we might honor God with our time, here are 5 that I think are critically important …

  1. Connect with God! (prayer, reading Scripture, worship, etc.)
  2. Serve God’s purposes in the world!
  3. Spend quality and quantity time with family (or primary relationships)!
  4. Create margin! (sabbath, rest, self-care, etc.)
  5. “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry!” (John Ortberg)

What other ways do you think help us honor God with our time?

Weems on Money

This past week, Joleen and I attended one of our remaining requirements for ordination, an all-day training day sponsored by the Board of Ordained Ministry. The day featured Dr. Lovett Weems from Wesley Theological Seminary. The topic was “Church Finances.” Part of the content confirmed some things we already knew, but we did learn some… Continue →

5 Practices to Make the Most of Time

I’ve been writing about The Balancing Act by Bishop Robert Schnase (see “The Balancing Act” and Pray More Than Criticize). Bishop Schnase writes on “Redeeming Time.” By that, he means “making time sacred, useful to God, holy” (119). Schnase adds: … redeeming the time involves discovering the holy, gift-like quality, the grace of time. It… Continue →

Our Best Financial Practices

Joleen and I have been married 16.5 years. Looking back, we can list at least three financial practices that have proven valuable. 1. Honor God with tithes and offerings. Tithing wasn’t a new practice for either of us when we married, but we did develop a new system for the way we’d do it. Even… Continue →

Generosity

In the monthly West Side UMC Stewardship newsletter, we have been looking at the twelve qualities of the Christian steward as presented by Rev. Phillis M. Bowers in the booklet, Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Stewardship. The next quality, which is appropriate in the midst of Advent/Christmas and as we begin the new year, is… Continue →

Stay on Track

I have noticed a number of commercials from Fidelity Investments lately. They’re the commercials with the green line on the ground that offers guidance and direction. Last week, one especially caught my attention. In the commercial, the financial advisor encourages the client that the plan they worked out for his retirement “makes sense” and that… Continue →