Carpe Vitae

Recently I have come to the realization that everything is a seed. We come from seeds, as does everything that exists. Every word that has been spoken to us was a seed planted in our minds. Constantly we are throwing out seeds and having seeds planted in us. However, not all seeds grow. We don’t remember everything that has been said to us, nor do the philosophies we are exposed to become our own. We are the ones that determine whether the seeds planted in us flourish or not. The way we do this is by nourishing the seed with our actions, so when we act harmoniously with the seed, it grows, develops and takes root in us.  Success then comes down to stewardship; how do we water the seeds that are going to bear the best fruit, and uproot the seeds that do not. I am embarking on a journey that aims to challenge myself into making the most of everything that I have.

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1)

“What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

We often talk about stewardship of the wealth that we have. How can it be best invested? But I have never heard anyone talk about making the most of the other things we have received, of being a good steward of life itself. 1 Cor 4:7 resonates with me deeply, because my life has been abundantly blessed. Growing up in the United States, being raised in a great neighborhood attending an excellent school. Being born in an era where I have access to a plethora of information at my very fingertips. And the question that arises from these abundant blessings is: what have I invested these blessings in? When I look at my life it seems that all that I have been given has simply been sitting inside me, laying dormant, longing to be used, longing to be shared. If you don’t activate and use what you have, it makes no difference that you have it, other than feeding your ego with your qualifications.

“The one who does not read has no advantage over the one who cannot”

The contrast between those who have always lived in excess and those who have lived in lack has always fascinated me. It seems that once we get to a place where we have more than what we can use, we begin to lose our appreciation for what we have. I think there is a profound connection between gratitude and good stewardship, if you have so much you cannot fully appreciate what you have, you’re less likely to make the most of what you have. The key here would be to live minimalistically, taking only what you need so that you can use all that you have while also practicing gratitude for what you have.

Our lives are full and rich beyond measure, but how well do we appreciate that fact? Just the fact that you are reading this is a testimony to the fact that you are immensely blessed. I’m going to focus on four main categories of stewardship: resources, relationship, and skill/ability.

Resources include money, time, knowledge, truth.

Relationships including God, strangers and ourselves

Skill and ability especially our passions and our talents

 

To get where I want to be, I need to create disciplines that help me to make the most of what is available to me, slowly implementing these things into my life. By creating habits, we are creating our future selves. Over the next five months, I want to establish habits that help me steward the things that are most important. This is how I will learn to live.

My strategy is to keep try to holistically become a good steward of all that I have over the next four months while creating specific challenges that encourage good habits to form.

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