Personal Stewardship

personal stewardship

 

Today I’m choosing a different path.

Personal Stewardship. Not Self-care.

Why? Because the world (and our culture) has hijacked what real self-care means and it’s been turned into nothing more than self-indulgence and satisfying the flesh.

Here’s the deal, if we have surrendered our life to Christ, then we are not our own.

What is Personal Stewardship? Stewardship is the responsible overseeing and protection of something. Stewardship denotes accountability to someone else. Personal Stewardship is the proper care, protection and managing of yourself, giving an account to God for everything.

Unfortunately self-care as we know it is not good stewardship, it actually falls mostly in the camp of self-indulgence. The world’s view of self-care relies on our-self as the one in charge. Personal stewardship is overseeing, protecting and managing yourself for God.

You are not your own.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that “you are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. {Body comes from the Greek word soma, which means living body, your actual living breathing body.}

Acts 20:28 tells us “keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit made you an overseer. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he purchased with His own blood.

I’ve talked about the importance of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical self-care, through the lens of personal stewardship, but the time has come that we have to make a distinction. I’m choosing a different path and changing the name.

Far too often the idea of “God is my co-pilot” has crept in the body of Christ, not always outwardly proclaimed, but definitely on full display through our actions and choices. He is not our co-pilot, He is our Lord and we surrender to Him.

Personal Stewardship is understanding that our life is a gift and everything we say and do, we do as unto the Lord. Our bodies are to be living sacrifices, they are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Today we call self-care bingeing on a Netflix show, downing a few too many glasses of wine, going on a shopping spree, or locking ourselves in a closet with a bag of chocolate hiding from the kids. This is not self-care and  this is why women are so stressed out and overwhelmed. We’ve believed a lie that what we need is self-indulgence. (labeled as self-care)

Let’s change the conversation. Draw the line in the sand and say “No more!” Let’s emerge from the shallow superficial empty promises that we’ve believed self-care to be and let’s choose a different path. Let that sink in. It takes things to a whole other level.

Personal Stewardship.

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