Everyday Stewardship Reflections

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Lessons from Baptizing a Frog

We cannot get baptized again in the Jordan or Sea of Galilee because of romantic notions, or come into the Catholic Church by a second baptism so we can start all over. Our baptism, whether we can remember it or not, is a one-time deal.

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Penances and Prayers

If we are to truly echo the kingdom of God in our lives and actions, what we ultimately offer to him is no less than our entire selves. This baby will give his entire self for us, and his work must continue through our hands and feet.

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The Disruption of the Incarnation

One December, my oldest son informed us that he would be getting up early on Christmas to serve breakfast to homeless people at a nearby shelter. We’re a good Christian family, but we never before had that tradition. My son had thrown a wrench into our plans.

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Afraid, Yet Never Alone

When we try to tackle life alone, we can find ourselves in a very lonely position. Just like Jesus’ parents, we need God to assist us and provide us with the strength for what lies ahead. Every parent needs God to become more than they can be on their own.

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Leading the Way

You and I can either lead people to Jesus by our words and actions, or we can lead them away from him. Our actions and words bear witness to the power of Jesus. Our actions and words bear witness to the transformative power of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus Is Headed Your Way

Reminders of our mortality find their way into life. A car accident or a health scare can cause us to reflect on where we are in our relationship with God. Without those moments, we find ourselves living daily without a mindfulness of where God is.

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Wide-Open Eyes

If you approach these December days simply as a way to prepare for Christmas, you may find yourself just doing the same old thing as last year. But remember, Jesus is coming again. When people of all ages understand that, it can be a cause for large, wide-open eyes.

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How Would You Rule Your Kingdom?

The King of kings could have had all that, but instead, he chose quite a different path. He gave up having servants so he could be the servant of all his subjects himself. Yes, he was the King of kings, but he was nothing like a typical king.

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We Are Called to Be Saints

Our world needs more living saints living out their stewardship in a radical manner. Stories are valuable, but when others get to see disciples of Jesus Christ answering their call in person, consider the impact.

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Thanksgiving Day Is Coming!

Gratitude is a key characteristic of a good Everyday Steward, but it does not develop in us without effort. The point is that too often we take so many gifts for granted, and unless we pause and purposely reflect, we miss the chance to give thanks.

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The Enthusiastic Steward

When moments in our life are filled with enthusiasm, we can find ourselves overwhelmed and doing things we might not normally do. I bet Zacchaeus didn’t have a regular habit of climbing trees. However, he climbed one so he could see Jesus more clearly.

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Training for the Race

Our life in Christ is a race of sorts. It is not a race that starts and stops, but one that continues from our baptism until eternal life with him. Even though we never stop the race, we do have moments where we need to hydrate, take nourishment, and gain strength.

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