Sts. Peter and Paul Church
66192 St. Mary Drive
Pearl River, LA 70452
Literature on stewardship traditionally uses three categories: Time, talent, and treasure. This sums up the gifts I have been given by God, and which I – as a steward – am to “manage” for God’s purposes.
These categories can seem somewhat artificial. For example, it is not always easy to distinguish between giving my time and giving my talent. Maybe more contemporary terms would help. For some, it might be easier simply to speak of “skills” and “money”.
Stewardship poses the question: How do I make use of my skills and my money? In other words, do I handle these as gifts belonging to God, which I am meant to manage on God’s behalf and for God’s purposes? Or do I consider my sills and my money as belonging to me – possessions which I occasionally bestow on others?
That is the question, and how we answer the question makes all the difference in the world. And the difference, by the way, deals not so much with the effects upon others, but with the effects upon me.
That is the key to stewardship. Not the need of others to receive. But my need to give.