August 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Stewardship from the Inside Out
Dear Good $ense Friends,
My daughters are growing up! Later this year one will be entering college, one searching for the college that is just right for her, and one entering high school. Therefore, in the Yeomans household, there is a lot of focus on learning and thinking these days! I’d never really thought about it before but as stewardship leaders we’re really in the “changing-what-you-think-about” business. After all, someone once said, “You are not what you think you are but what you think, you are.”
Some might say that a person’s thoughts are their own business but that’s not really true. Every action is preceded by a thought. Sooner or later our thoughts become actions and thus the business of everyone around us. Jesus tells us, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart” (Luke 6:45). In other words, what’s in our heart (what we’ve thought about and reflected on) determines what we do. So if we want to do good and right things, it would be wise to follow Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:8 and think on “things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent or praise-worthy.”
Let’s tie all that back to stewardship ministry. I suggest a key thing we are attempting to do is change how people think about the four things they can do with money:
- Giving – from thinking selfishly to a mindset of outlandish generosity to God’s work in the world and to those less fortunate.
- Saving – from thinking only of spending everything now or of hoarding excess in bigger barns to a mindset of saving wisely for emergency and long term needs.
- Debt – from thinking of immediate gratification to a mindset of delaying purchases until funds have been accumulated so debt can be avoided.
- Spending – from thinking that is influenced by advertising and what others have to a mindset that asks questions like, “Do I need this?” “Is this the best price for quality received?” “Does this purchase potentially interfere with my relationship to God?”
May these summer months provide you opportunities for personal fulfillment and growth. And may the new “church year” starting in September be one in which your stewardship ministry grows exponentially in its impact – our culture is crying out for the answers which your ministry holds.