“Stewardship is nothing less than a complete lifestyle, a total accountability and responsibility before God. Stewardship is what we do after we say we believe, that is, after we give our love, loyalty, and trust to God, from whom each and every aspect of our lives comes as a gift.”
Ronald Vallet in “The Church: Its Mission and Its Funding” in Journal of Stewardship (Indianapolis: Ecumenical Center for Stewardship Studies, 1994) as recounted by Wesley K. Willmer in God & Your Stuff: The Vital Link Between Your Possessions and Your Soul (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002) 53.
I am working on an outline that I will co-teach with mentor and friend, Wes Willmer, so I was re-reading parts of his classic book, God & Your Stuff: The Vital Link Between Your Possessions and Your Soul, which is must-read if you have not already read it.
I appreciate Vallet’s definition because when we understand our role as stewards and embrace the attitude that everything is a gift, it changes how we interact with God, with others, and how we handle all that God has placed in our stewardship. We take a step toward becoming grateful, generous stewards.
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