Ever get a case of the "mines?"
My daughter does, more often than many, at least on the outside. She is almost three and is still learning to share. Youíve all heard of the toddler creed: everything is "mine." Even if it is someone elseís, if Iíve got it in my hand, it belongs to me. We are attempting to teach her a bit about sharing, and about personal ownership.
I must admit, however, that I have that same problem as well. While I donít generally march about the house yelling "mine, mine, mine"- or start crying when someone else has something Iíd like, Iíd guess that I am just about as selfish on the inside as my daughter is on the outside. Whether itís time, the computer, or pop tarts, I often have to struggle to share what I hold dear.
Americans especially, it seems, take a lot of pride in what they have, what theyíve earned, and what they collect. "He who dies with the most toys wins." Sharing is often as foreign, and sometimes more so, to some adults as it is to my daughter.
But, what do we really own, anyway? According to Godís word, absolutely nothing. Everything, and everyone, is the possession of God, our creator. He owns it all - your house, your bank account, your baseball card collection, the gallon of milk in your fridge. Every bit of it is His. And so are you!
He created you - you are His possession. And all that stuff that you call "mine" is not yours - itís His, and you are called to take care of it for Him. Thatís what it means to be a steward.
A steward doesnít take care of his own possessions - he takes care of someone elseís. He owns none of it - he is simply put in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of it. He administers his masterís wealth and is held accountable for his administration of it.
We are Godís stewards. God has given every one of us many possessions - our time, our finances, our children, our material goods - and he has charged us with taking care of them, for Him.
So, when you waste time, you are not wasting YOUR time: you are wasting Godís time. When you get lazy and donít discipline your children as you know you should, you are disrespecting Godís children. And, when you tithe, all youíre really doing is giving God a portion of what is really His anyway.
Now, doesnít that put a different perspective on everything? Why should we hoard stuff when it really isnít ours to begin with? Why not be generous with our giving? Itís not our money/time/stuff in the first place!
God put you in charge of some pretty important things. How are you doing? Are you being a good steward? When you have to give an account of your stewardship (and you will!), what will you have to say?
The next time you get the "mines," remember who your possessions REALLY belong to. And take care of your stuff like youíd take care of a kingís possessions - because thatís what youíre doing.
"The earth is the Lordís, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
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