April 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Jack and Jill Stewardship
Dear Good $ense Friends,
In his book New Way to be Human, Charlie Peacock points out that most of us, when asked what the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill is about, would probably say it’s about two people traveling to get water and having an accident. He then asks, what if “Jack and Jill” is also about the partnership of loved ones in the day-to-day needs of life? Or about the admission of human need (water), and how, in this world, meeting needs is often very difficult, and dangerous work? Or…. and he spins out several other meanings that the rhyme could be interpreted to be about.
What struck me was that in a similar fashion many people look at financial stewardship in much too simplistic a way. We boil down this incredibly complex and spiritually significant subject to just being about money and about giving or not giving a certain amount back to God.
Jack and Jill,
Got a ten dollar bill,
And God got back a dollar
They got much more
And went to the store
And God’s part got much smaller.
Yes, that rhyme could be just about Jack and Jill giving less to God as a percentage of their income as income went up. But might it also be about very deep and fundamental changes that occurred within Jack and Jill as their wealth grew? And about the forces that caused those changes? And about their relationship to God as their giving back to Him changed? And about their relationship to each other as their material wealth grew?
What you and I as stewardship leaders must do for those to whom we minister is help them remove the blinders from their eyes and see that their relationship to and understanding of money touches on every significant aspect of their lives.
I’ve said it many times — allow me to do so again. Life is all about relationships — to God, to others and to self. Our relationship to our money and “stuff” can either enhance or literally destroy those other relationships.
In your efforts as stewardship leaders, keep the higher objectives in focus. Getting out of debt, becoming more generous, setting aside for the unexpected are key goals but ultimately need to be indicators of a deeper heart change. It’s why the byline for Good $ense is, “Transforming Finances, Transforming Lives.”
God bless and empower your efforts, and Easter joy to you and yours!
President, Good $ense Movement
Transforming Finances, Transforming Lives