Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42

11-27-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

People who have had health issues or near-death experiences generally have a greater appreciation for each day being a gift from God. The rest of us usually take for granted that we will be around tomorrow. But when you start to look at each day as a gift, you realize all the little miracles that happen daily and you begin to see God’s active presence in your life. You grow in gratitude, each day, for all that we have been given.

“….giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” Colossians 1:12

11-20-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

God wants us to be happy! Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides for living a joy-filled and peaceful life. Most of our problems arise when we put our own needs first or we spend most of our time trying to acquire more stuff. Instead, try putting God first in all things. We were made for God. Open your heart and let Him in!

“…Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.” 2 Thes 3:9

11-13-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

Most people who live a grateful and generous lifestyle don’t go around bragging about it. But through their words and actions, others do take notice. They notice because of the joy and peace that results and others desire this in their own life. Know that the way you live your life may be the only interaction others may have with our Catholic faith.

Show Mercy and Be Joyful

11-06-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

There are two important lessons here. First, we are called to be generous with our encouragement and hope with others. As God shows us mercy, we must be merciful to others. Second, joy is contagious! The joy we receive from doing good works not only strengthens us, it encourages others as well. Share the joy of living your faith whenever you can.

“...proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” –2 Timothy 4:2

10-16-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He never said that we would have an easy life. Rather, He called us to be faithful!

“Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Luke 17:18

10-09-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

Most of us live relatively “easy” lives. We have food, shelter, clothing and money. We go on vacation every year and own a car or two. Most of us take this all for granted. Did you ever notice that people with the least amount of possessions are usually the most grateful? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you and discern how He is calling you to share your gifts.

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. “ 2 Timothy 1:7

10-02-2022Everyday Stewardship - Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

Many of us compartmentalize our faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event. Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything - all the time. The next time you are at a neighborhood party or at work or out shopping would your words and actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?