Loving Service

Faith Focus for the Week

How is my stewardship a work of faith, labor of love, endurance in hope?

“That is a real labor of love.”

Hearing that statement likely brings to mind the actions of someone you know: dedication of time to a special ministry or charitable organization; a craft or art given to loved ones, the parish, or a local group; the attention of parents, coaches, or teachers for children and youth; the care of health professionals and volunteers for the ill, elderly, or those who are dying. These can be real “labors of love.”

When we consider it this way, stewardship is a labor of love: we love God, we recognize that all we are and have come from God alone, and, out of this love and gratitude, we respond by being good stewards of our time, our presence and prayer, our talents and material resources. We become more intentional about the ways we use our lives and resources, and are then less willing to waste them.

Sometimes our stewardship is noticeable and requires a substantial commitment. Yet the simple daily tasks of our lives can also include labors of love: a caring thought shared; a simple meal prepared, even on the run; a load of laundry accomplished; an encouraging hug at the end of a long day. These are also the ways of stewardship, as we care for, nurture, and bring to increase the stuff of our lives, no matter how great or small it may seem.

This week, think about the simple things you do each day and consider how your actions are stewardship of your life, talents, time, or resources. How might you more intentionally be a good steward of:

Your faith: Do you share your faith with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors through your actions or in your words?

Your hope: Do you bring hope to those who might otherwise find it difficult to go on, or do you hold on to hope when all around you seems empty or filled with trial?

Your love: Do you serve others humbly as a continuation of Christ’s love for those who most need God’s care?

This article comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor courtesy of your parish or diocese.


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