Did you hear the one about the guy looking for a parking place so he could get to a critical business meeting? “Please, God,” he begged, “just send me a parking place, and I promise I’ll go to Mass every Sunday and I’ll never swear again.” Suddenly, a parking spot opened up right in front of his building! “Never mind, God,” he called out, “I just found one.”
We all laugh because his false thinking is so obvious. But in real life, it isn’t always so.
Stewardship says everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. It’s difficult to comprehend, because it sure feels like this house or car is mine. And I know the payments are mine. So how can it be that these things belong to God?
Remember when you were a kid, and you would tell your friends, “let’s go to my house,” or, “Let’s go up to my room.” Did you really own the house, or even the room you called your own? Even though it felt like it was yours, the truth is that the house and most everything in it was owned by someone else.
And that’s how it is with Stewardship. Everything we have and everything we are is from God and belongs to him. They are gifts entrusted to us and meant to be shared.
The Bible tells us, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 Our Most Gracious God leaves it to us to decide how to do so. He doesn’t demand a specific percentage or a particular ritual, He lets us choose how to share our time, our talents, or our treasure.
So, whether you volunteer regularly at a soup kitchen, or help your neighbor carry in groceries; if you make large donations to a favorite charity, or give your spare change to a homeless individual standing on the corner; as long as you do it cheerfully, in a manner that glorifies God, you are answering His call.