Rector's Rhetoric - October 2015
I suppose you could label this the “stewardship edition” of our newsletter, as October/November has traditionally been the time when we think of providing for the ministry of the church. You’ll get packets of information a little later in the month, and whenever possible, I’ll be preaching about stewardship too. Much like Lent, this is a time of spiritual formation, as the giving of our resources is paramount in cultivating a loving relationship with God. God won’t love you any less for not giving some of what you have, but I don’t know if that can be said from our end of the covenant agreement to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, if we’re not offering what we can. In your stewardship packet you’ll receive various helps in determining what you’ll want to do in the coming year, and there’s a little booklet included entitled “Spirituality and Money.” Within that booklet the author asked an important question that got my attention. He asks, “Do you spend more time during the day thinking (worrying) about financial issues than you do praying?” And I had to admit that there are days when I do. There are also days when I spend more time thinking and worrying about what I’m going to do with other resources, like my time, than I do praying. It all stems from the deep-seated fear of believing that there won’t be enough of what I have or who I am to go around. So it would appear that I have some growing to do in getting my priorities straight. But unlike the six-week spread of an every-member-canvass, the right use of my gifts is an on-going formative process. Unexpected demands for what I have to offer present themselves every day, and I have to have the wisdom to know how much I can do to honor my commitment to God and other people with the gifts I’ve been given. So I think that my first step is going to be to worry less and pray more. That would seem like a good place to start. And maybe we could all attempt that together over the next couple of months in an effort to become a strong and vital part of Christ’s Body in this world, people who use and exercise their gifts for the glory of the One who has given us all that we need.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill