Sunday’s Reflection: The Power of Good Stewardship

Are you saving ten percent of your income?

As I took my “Walk With God”, I reflected on a book I was reading this week: “The Wealthy Barber.”

It was a phenomenal read. In the book, a fictional barber, Roy, doles out financial advice to those who seek him out.

Although the book wasn’t Christian based, it can apply to Christian life. Roy preached good stewardship.

As Christians, we’re charged to be good stewards. We have to display good financial health and not get caught up on things of the world. The book was good reference material for someone like me. I’m in the “Saving Stage” of financial planning.

I’m thankful to be in this stage. Lord knows I’ve had my struggles. I can vividly remember deciding between rent and fixing my car. It wasn’t the best feeling. I know the feeling of getting evicted and facing homelessness.

Even with that, I made several poor financial decisions. When I got my first apartment in Houston, I rented a flat-screen TV. I didn’t need it. But I wanted it. The ten percent I should have been saving went to the TV…dumb.

The bad financial decisions go back even further. In college, I got “student refund” or “overpayment” checks. Instead of buying all my books or saving some of it, I used the money to buy video games and clothes.

One of my more ridiculous moments was when I literally sat up and planned which jerseys I would buy. I already had the LeBron, Melo and black and white D.Wade(That black and white was fresh, though.). I didn’t need any more jerseys. But I wanted them.

I have a lot of regrets from college. I should have read more, wrote more and had a better circle of influence. The other big regret is not developing financial literacy and health.

I’m thankful that I’ve learned from those mistakes. Neither I nor my three siblings grew up with much. We started off living in a single-wide trailer and on food stamps. That’s where we started. We didn’t get stuck there, though.

My two older siblings both own homes now. My brother is even about to start a renter’s business (Great job bro). And I’m probably two or three years away from owning a home myself. Through life’s struggles, we’ve learned to make better financial decisions and it’s paying off.

We’ve benefited from being better stewards. But the true goal of being good stewards is to be a blessing to others. I know I love being able to do things for my kids and others when I can.

It comes with sacrifice. There are times I want to stunt, hang or, as some say, “have a life.”

But to quote Dave Ramsey: “I want to live like no one else, so I can live like no one else.”

That’s the true “power of good stewardship.”

I leave you with two things.

1. Are you a good steward?

2. If not, what can you do to become a better one?

God Bless, Jeremiah