Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing:  Time  Talent  Treasure

JUST ONE HOUR

We often hear or are reminded of ‘just one hour’ during Lent. Could we not just spend one hour with Jesus in   remembrance of His and our Lenten journey. But ‘just one hour’ is a decision we make every day, reflecting just how we will spend every waking hour that we have. And believe it or not, we all have the same number of hours in a day, in a week etc. Just how many: 1 day = 24 hours: 1 week = 168 hours; 1 month = 672: 1 year (365 days) = 8760. And because we are needy, every four years we get another day in case we did not do it right the first time.

This past Sunday the Senior and Junior Choirs gave all who attended a beautiful concert sung with joy, pride in their hard work, and a love for our Lord. Sharing one’s efforts and talents is a thanksgiving to God for His gifts. Singing, it is said, is praying twice. A festive reception was held afterwards. For those who could not attend, you missed a very beautiful experience. Choosing to go to something or not is very difficult, as we live a life of so much busyness that “life” gets in the way sometimes. This season of Christmas is one of panic, joy, overwhelming schedules, demands on our time, not enough hours in the day or week; you get the picture. But some choices we have to make because they are the right choices to better our Christian life. Two Monday nights there will be a holy hour of Adoration. (check the church calendar)  STOP  LOOK LISTEN: a phrase that we have been taught since childhood. If you don’t want to be run over, you pay attention. How about if we paid this much attention to STOP LOOK LISTEN  about God, each other.

Christmas is noted to be the season of giving. We, Christians, have no season just for giving. It is supposed to be our way of life for all seasons. “Can I have a dollar?” My guess is that I will get it a lot quicker and without question than if I asked you for 1 hour. Time is very precious and it should be respected. No one knows just how many hours one does have. And so decisions on how to spend 1 hour are very important. And to give someone your 1 hour is truly a special gift. Giving of your time is a gift of love. Let us share His love with one another. We don’t have to wrap it. We just have to show up today, tomorrow, and whenever it is needed or to show appreciation for another’s efforts for us. Let us be JOYFUL this season at all times in capital letters and with all other annoying emotions in small letters. Be careful of the trap of ‘I just don’t feel like it’ or ‘I don’t have time’ when you do decide. Laziness is not an acceptable explanation for not doing. During this most extraordinary of holidays and holy days, people get sick, people die, people are born, people are alone and lonely, life goes on. Be that most giving of persons this season, whether anyone notices it or not. God knows.

by Kathy Reilly