Time, Talent, & Treasure. Putting God First?
As parishioners of Saint Rose of Lima, we believe that Stewardship is the response of a grateful heart for all the gifts bestowed on us by God. Stewardship is the willing return of the first measure of our time, talent and treasure to God for all that He had done for Us. Our greatest gift from God is Jesus Christ. Following Jesus is the work of a lifetime. Stewardship brings us closer to the joy of living a life filled with Christ. The use of our time, talent and treasure is of equal importance and should be linked together in our day to day life.
Time is from God. Individuals only have one chance to use their time; it cannot be recovered. Time is made holy or unholy by its use. Examples of how time can be used for stewardship include prayer, time with family, and time spent cultivating our talents.
Our Talents are a direct result of the time we invest in them. Examples of talents are; the ability to teach (Christian Formation teacher), the ability to sing (choir), and our profession. There are certainly many different talents that people possess that can be used to help build God’s kingdom. Your particular talents can be the means by which you “lay up treasure in heaven.”
The Treasures that you return to God is a decision that you make based on your relationship with Him. An ongoing evaluation of your time, talent, and treasure—combined with a fruitful prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ—will bring all of us to the Stewardship way of life.