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Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

A steward is someone who manages resources that belong to someone else.  This past Sunday, Shannon Lovelady said, “Life is an issue of stewardship.” You are accountable for managing the life that God has gifted to you. If you were called to give an account of your time and treasure, how do you look? Would you be found guilty of embezzling your life? Or have you been a good steward?

What do you need to be doing today so that at the end you know you were a great manager of this gift of life?

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Let’s turn to Scripture to see what Jesus says about stewarding our life and living within the scope of our top priority. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (NIV) We are to seek God first. He is to be our top priority. When we surrender our life to God, we declare like Paul in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

Our time and treasure is no longer about pleasing us or making ourselves comfortable, but rather we use our time and treasure to please God and further His kingdom. 

How do your priorities line up? Can you articulate them? Have you written them down? Can you steward something that you have not taken account for in the first place? 

Benjamin Franklin has numerous famous quotes, but my favorite is, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” 

Become a steward of your finances today by setting up a budget. Take an inventory on where you are spending money and evaluate how this lines up with your priorities. Personally, I use mint.com, but another great resource is Dave Ramsey. Make a plan and stick with it. 

Managing time can be done similarly to managing your finances. Again, create a budget. Take an inventory on where you are spending your time and evaluate how this lines up with your priorities. This can be done in a variety of ways. For me, I wake up early on Monday mornings to evaluate my previous week and plan my future projects. Throughout the day, I take account of my time with iCal and every night I evaluate how my day lined up with my priorities.

Don’t let another day go by (time) or dollar be spent (treasure), without God at the forefront of the decision.

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Corey Jones is thankful and here to help those who want to grow. He is the Executive Pastor of NextGen at Southern Hills Christian Church in Carrollton, Georgia. In his spare time, you can find him at a local coffee shop or fighting crime in Gotham. Corey wants to encourage and equip those around him and can be found online at www.coreyrayjones.com

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