Today’s entry in my Bonhoeffer devotional warns against fixing the heart on possessions because worry is the result. The idea is that we learn to receive daily and let tomorrow take care of its own things.
I read it and re-read it and considered the stewardship concept in terms of people. Have you ever prayed God make you a good steward of your most valued relationships? I started praying this prayer at certain points last year. And, like Bonhoeffer suggests, I can receive daily from the special people who contribute to my life.
As a gifted person, and an information lover, I learned to tell the difference between people who just wanted to pull on my gift and those who wanted to find out what I know so they can regurgitate it (in part, mind you) to some unsuspecting group.
As an introvert, I learned that I thrive on deep and substantive relationships. I do not do well with vacillation in the relationships that have staying power. After 5-7 years of knowing you, if you remain inconsistent toward me and toward what we agreed were the “terms” or purpose of our relationship, then you saw and heard less of me.
As a believer, I learned the power of grace in relationships. Grace is the power of God, blessing of God, favor of God, ability of God, access to God and all that He has. I learned to compartmentalize certain relationships, and gladly received the peace to lower my expectations. Thank the Lord. What Mama told me in grade school is true: you can only do what you can do.
My point is this: look at the people in your life this week when you talk to them. I mean take a really good look. And see their value. See what they add to you. And decide to handle their treasure with care. Choose to be a life-giving relationship for them. Choose to steward their counsel, laughs, secrets, time, etc. with sober effort. We are stewards of the mysteries of God. If we cast a wider net, then we are our brother’s keeper to steward well the mysteries of God in them.
1 Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. — 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 NASB
Selah, and love to all.