Our four-part series on the core values of stewardship – identity, trust, gratitude, and love – continues this week with trust. Trust in God comes naturally from our identity with him, as his daughters and sons. We don’t create all the things we have; God does, who gives them to us. We trust in him that there is something greater than ourselves going on around us. This strengthens our faith that this is so, and that we are carrying out his will.
We show our trust in God in how we manage and share all of our talents and material gifts that he gives us, that is, our time, talent, and treasure. We can feel confident that, if we are trustworthy in small, everyday matters, then God knows we are trustworthy in matters of greater importance. This realization means that we can grow in our own personal spirituality and stewardship and demonstrate God’s loving justice.
Being truthful and trustworthy and showing justice to others are important and essential components of stewardship. Justice is based on truth; we must be honest in how we treat others. We should not make excuses, or limit and hold back upon what we give to people in need.
Let us model our efforts on Saint Paul, who says in our second reading, “I … do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
As stewards, we have integrity, and should be forthright and honest in all of our dealings. All we need to do is to trust in God, and have the strength and willingness to carry out his will. Everything else that we need will follow.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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