ChristAlive! Archives: Stewardship

God began to show me just how much energy I was expending protecting my time. I had become a slave to fear of time commitments and had unwittingly made myself unavailable to God.
God is looking for men and women who are willing to join him in becoming an overwhelming force for the transformation of this world and for building a new creation. What if we said, “Yes”?
I assumed God had given me my talents for my own benefit and gain, not realizing he had a greater plan. I did not consider that he could take it all away from me, and indeed he did. I lost my job and went through all my savings over the next six months.
In fewer than 48 hours I would be standing before 150 people at a weekend church retreat to deliver two keynote talks... and I wasn't ready!
Many people see work as a curse resulting from the fall, but as we can see in scripture, work was ordained before the fall, so work is a part of God’s divine plan for us. Our purpose is to take care of creation until God is “all in all.”
A few years ago I was under significant pressure at work and in a serious situation where a supervisor did not like me and wanted me to leave. I needed to quickly figure out an “exit plan” and find another job...
I had always told our children, “The right decisions in life, both personal and in business, are almost always the hardest.” And so it was. I suddenly had an overwhelming sensation of being challenged and observed.
Recently God lead me to a new full-time job working with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in early recovery. This work is not new to me for I’ve been doing this for six years now. However, at my former job, the clients I worked with had been at least three months sober and begun a solid recovery program...
I am an investment advisor. I advise clients about their money. Therefore I get to see both the good and the ugly sides of money in my clients' lives...
My business is based on commission. If I do not find new clients to help I do not get paid. So naturally, I spend considerable time asking God to bless my business...

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