I Have to Write this Blog

by | June 9, 2016

I have to write a blog for the Horizons Stewardship Newsletter, and it’s due tomorrow morning.

There is an organization in Cincinnati called Lighthouse Youth Services. One of their programs deals with young adults who have “aged out” of the State’s Foster Care system. When these young adults turn 21, they find themselves immediately without financial support, educational support, life-skills support, or family support. One day, they are in a caring environment, the next day they are literally out on their own.

Once a month, my wife and her friend cook a meal for these good people. It is an all day job to purchase food for 25-30 people, cook it, place it into containers that will transport it, write instructions for heating it up and serving it, and then overload our two refrigerators to preserve it until it can be taken to the center where it will be used.

I have to write a blog for the Horizons Stewardship Newsletter, and it’s due tomorrow morning. God has called me to this ministry of teaching people about stewardship. How are we called to use our God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure? My blog should talk about that.

My wife tells me that she needs my help tonight. Two large containers of vegetables and about 12 pounds of chicken need to be cooked on our grill. It will take an hour or so. She is busy preparing the rest of the meal, and really needs me to help out.

But, I have to write a blog for the Horizons Stewardship Newsletter, and it’s due tomorrow morning. God has called me to this ministry of teaching people about stewardship. It is really important that I say the right things. I’ll need time to think about it so that I can say the things that will inspire people to use their time, talent, and treasure as God has called them. We teach every person in every one of our capital campaigns a very simple prayer… “Lord, what do you want to do through me?”

“Could you start grilling the food now? I really need to get this finished up, and I need your help.”

But I really have this important work to do. It is important and God has called me to do it. Teaching people about stewardship is the most important thing in my life.

“I need your help. Without it, these people may have to go without a meal tomorrow.”

Lord, what do you want to do through me?

“Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:37-40

I have to write a blog for the Horizons Stewardship Newsletter, and it’s due tomorrow morning. God has called me to this ministry of teaching people about stewardship. It is really important that I say the right things. I’ll need time to think about it so that I can say the things that will inspire people to use their time, talent, and treasure as God has called them. We teach every person in every one of our capital campaigns a very simple prayer… “Lord, what do you want to do through me?”

And sometimes, praying that prayer…and listening for God to answer, tells us everything we need to know about stewardship.

Compassionate God, is there someone whose burden you want me to bear today? If so, help me to notice that person. Amen.


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