Stewardship (The Spiritual Disciplines-Part 8)

It seems to me that there are two resources that people really value, and yet, they are often quick to waste them. These resources are time and money. This post is divided into two sections. One is about stewarding your time, the other is about stewarding your money. There are ways in which everyone should steward these resources, but this post is more about stewarding your them for the things of the Lord.

Time

Everyone is given the same twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks in a year. So why do people complain that they don’t have enough time? Because they aren’t stewarding it well. When we’re careful about what we do and don’t do with our time, we end up feeling like we have a lot more of it. Here are some simple ways you can have “more time.”

#1: Give up TV (or a big chunk of it)

The statistics of how much time people spend watching TV are horrifying. If you spent all that time eating candy, your teeth would look like junk. Why don’t we assume the same thing for TV? Almost anything is better than TV (reading, drawing, walking, playing outside), but far better than those things is the Word and prayer. I know that’s cliché, but I really believe it and know it from experience. Turn off the TV and study your Bible or pray for someone. You’ll probably get to bed a lot sooner too.

#2: Use Car Time

Most Americans spend a lot of time driving. I estimate that most people could memorize a chapter of the Bible in a week by listening to it on repeat to and from work. For some people, that could be a lot of time. You can also listen to podcasts, or listen to the Bible on audio, or pray. Don’t do anything you’ll be distracted by and set up things to listen to before you pull out of your driveway.

#3: Spend Less Time on Internet Activities

Facebook and Twitter are the two biggest unneeded things to waste so much of the user’s time. (In my opinion.) I’m not immune, either! If you want to stop using so much time on these things, delete the apps off your phone and designate a thirty-minute window of time to check these things.

Money

I don’t really have a lot to say about this area, because I’m not an adult. But here are three Desiring God articles that are really helpful:

“Be Generous with Your Master’s Money”

“How God Impacts our Money and Stuff”

“Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet”

Desiring God is a very good resource of articles on tons of subjects. Click here to go directly there.

May our Father guide us in stewarding the gifts He’s given us of time and money. I’ll see you next week.

-LeviGrant

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