ChristAlive! Archives: Stewardship

I have prayed for many things throughout the years. Some prayers seemingly went unanswered, for whatever reason. Other prayers took months or years before God answered. However, while praying over this important career decision, God spoke quickly and decisively to me.
Sorting through what to keep and what to sell or give away was a challenge for me... I realized God had great plans for me and that I needed to rid myself of my old stuff so I could be more available. “It’s all going”, I told myself, “All of it.”
The end of one year and the beginning of another is a natural time for reflecting upon what has passed and what is to come. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions – a list easily made and quickly broken...
Many of us are experiencing real financial hardship. We may be angry, frustrated and confused about what is happening all around us... We might be thinking, “When does this end? How do I retain hope for the future? How do I keep from slipping into a deep depression about the conditions all around us?”
As I was searching for a job at the time, my meals consisted mainly of items that had been stuffed in the back of my freezer and pantry and care packages offered by friends. My “to do” list had over 40 items on it, none of them festive, and that list was growing daily. Hosting a Christmas party was the last thing on my mind.
I thought, “What would I have done if I had been invited to follow a star?” You see, lately I had been very busy with the particular work I was doing that winter. I was getting up earlier and arriving home later than normal. I was usually tired. I was trying to get a good night’s sleep, but finding that my prayer time was suffering.
My life is filled with some anxiousness but mostly excited anticipation as I search out where the Lord will have me work. I have heard more stories of men and women searching for work than I can ever remember since graduating from college 40 years ago. It may be that I am hearing more stories since this is the longest I have been out of work myself since college.
At the end of the year, there were two things of which I was certain: First, that I was not where God wanted me; second, that he still loved me. I did not know what work he had in mind for me, but I knew I would figure it out as long as I remained open to him, prayed for guidance and grace, and believed in the one he sent, Jesus Christ.
When Jack gives his life to the Lord, one of the most difficult challenges he faces is to acknowledge that everything - even the company he had built from the ground up - belongs to God. When he ultimately recognizes God as "co-owner" of the company, the Lord takes both it and Jack in a direction Jack never could have anticipated.