In last week's article, we reflected on the core value of stewardship known as: Identity. We emphasized that our identity is intrinsically connected with God, in whose image we are created. In this article, we shall examine the component of stewardship known as: Trust. We will again draw inspiration from Fr. Andrew Kemberling’s book, Making Stewardship A Way of Life.
For any relationship to last or thrive, trust is very crucial, and it is closely related to identity. The value of trust enables us to let go of our propensity to take control and allow God to take charge as He is already doing for us. At times, life can seem scary and evil might appear to take upper hand often causing pain, suffering, death and distrust in God. But God has a plan to bring about life even under those circumstances. He brings about good out of evil if only we can trust Him. As Fr. Andrew says, for good stewards, God provides everything we have. Let me repeat that, He gives us everythingwe have.
Stewardship becomes a way of life, therefore, by activating that trust we have. This trusting in God should be based upon belief in our own powerlessness and by realigning our belief in His mighty power. He knows what’s best for us and never lets us down if only we can trust. This reminds me of a young boy in my village who had a blind and lame mother. Whenever bigger boys would bully him, he would threaten to report them to his mother, who he trusted would protect him and punish them. Despite the clear inability of his helpless mother to defend him, he felt safe in her presence. As good stewards, we must cultivate this level of trust in God, who is obviously almighty and caring. All we need to do is trust him and do what He asks us to do. We should feel safe because He will always provide for us.
This trust, dear friends, is proved by how we handle all our material possessions. As the Lord Himself says, “if a person can be trustworthy in a small matter, he or she can be trustworthy in larger matters” (Mt 25:21). This simply means that we have to put our spirituality into action. It means we have to be trustworthy in our own parish. It means we have to be honest and full of integrity. Therefore, if we trust in God’s providence and acknowledge that all we have is a gift from Him, we shall not hesitate to share all that we have with Him and with our parish. We shall be able to give our time in prayers beyond the Sunday obligations by intentionally setting aside such a time. We shall not hesitate to share our talents with our church through acts of volunteering and we shall not hesitate to give ten percent of our treasures to our Church, even in times of scarcity, knowing very well that He will always replenish our coffers as he did with the two widows we heard about a few weeks ago, one from Zarephath in 1 Kings 17, and the one who donated her two small coins in Luke 21:1-4. Those instances should be the measure of trust indeed.