This is Part 3 of 3 where we have been talking about stewardship in the home. In Part 1, we talked about Stewardship of our time; using the time we have to train up our children. In Part 2, we talked about that great buzz word, frugality and how to apply the principle of frugality in more ways then just saving money.
This time we are talking about being good stewards of our gifts, whatever those maybe. Each of us has at least one gift that God gave us to be used in serving others.Each one is different and so the application will be different too. I just chose the first few that came to mind to use as examples.
For some of us, our gift is hospitality. If you find your front door is always open and people calling and coming over for a chat, this is probably you. The great thing about a gift is that the only way to waste it is not to use it. In other words, you can only waste it, if you hide it or making excuses for not putting it to use. If you love to entertain, find ways to make it happen. It maybe have dinner for different families in your church once a week. It maybe having a craft day or a quilt day at your home. If you are willing to be used, God knows your gift and He is looking for people willing to be used to minister to the needy and hurting.
If your gift is encouragement, you can find just as many ways to exercise this gift. If you are someone who is always looking for a way to make someone else feel better, this is probably your gift. You could make a list of people to write little notes to, those who are in nursing homes or hospitals are great choices to start. Or how about birthday cards? Or goody plates for public servants at Christmas? Or meals for a new mother or someone recently home from the hospital? Use these are a spring board for more ideas.
If you are gifted as a teacher, look for chances to instruct other ladies in what you know best. Look for young ladies (and their mothers too) you can share your knowledge of homemaking with and do it! Write a blog about an area where you have knowledge to share.Write articles for magazines, in print or online.
Ask God to show you ways to use your gifts and don't forget to involve your children in service. When they are young, they can help you minister in your area(s) of gifting. And as they get older, watch them and help them discover where they are gifted and show them how to use their gifts too!
If this series has encouraged you, please feel free to leave me a comment. If you have questions, or if there is an area you think should be discussed as a later part of this series, please let me know that too!
Blessings, dear friends!
If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can click on the links below to find them.
Good Stewardship in the Home Part 1
Good Stewardship in the Home Part 2