According to John Trent in his book, The Blessing, encouraging and loving words are also an important component of blessing. The Bible speaks over and over about the importance of our words:
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
“if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at ships also; though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.” James 3:3-5
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue …” Proverbs 18:21a
Words can help or hurt; they can guide; they can change the course of a life. Yet often, we say the wrong words, or even no words to the people we love and others around us. Why? There are many excuses: We’re busy, we’re tired, we don’t want them to become vain or puffed up, or they already know we appreciate and value them.
How much effort does it take to say, “Good job!” or “I love you” or “Thank you for all that you do.” Don’t make excuses; speak a word of blessing to someone today.
Yup, I’m the one that said that. Stewardship is all about taking care of God’s Stuff. Oh, I know that a lot of people get bent about the 10% and the giving to the church. “Does it have to be 10%, and is that from the gross or the net?” I just shake my head… They don’t realize that Stewardship is about much more than giving to the church.
There are those people who give, and give generously, to the church, christian missions and other christian endeavors. I’m not going to put those people down in this blog. However, (here it comes, you think) if those same people think their work in God’s Kingdom is done BECAUSE they give generously then I’d have to say they are wrong. Let me start at the beginning, literally…
If you believe that God created this earth, then it’s all His. He made it, it belongs to Him. If you believe that God created humankind, then we’re all His, everyone of us. There is no getting around this. Think hard about it for a minute. Everything on this earth his His. EVERYTHING!!! This would include the animals, the trees and the sea. Everyone of us belong to Him. We owe every breath we take to our creator. I don’t want to get into a long discussion about original sin, free will and the evil that walks this earth. Those are, indeed, complications. That’s not where this blog is going. I want you to think simply. Go back and then come forward in time and you’ll see it. It’s all His.
We are called upon to take care of God’s stuff. So when you start thinking about money, that is only the beginning. We need to take care of ourselves since we were created by God. We need to take care of others since they were created by God. We need to take care of nature; the animals, trees, plants. We need to take care. Period. When we have taken care and God has blessed us we can only give Him the glory. That’s when the giving and the taking care come full circle. As we are blessed, we give more blessings (and more care) to others.