Stewardship Values: Trust and Patience

As we continue to learn about the characteristics of stewardship let us remember the words of Msgr. Thomas McGread, often referred to as the “father of stewardship,”  He says, the biggest mistake people make is that they think stewardship is a finance program.  It’s not.  It is a spirituality program.  Money should not be stressed. We need to stress that people come to church and pray.” This month let us examine how Trust is a part of stewardship.

Trust:  To trust is to become like a little child. Think of how readily a small child places his hand in that of their parent’s. With this simple action, the child is letting the parent know that he is confident he will be taken care of and be safely watched over as he goes on his journey.

Each of us trusts God to some extent, but the real measure of our trust comes when the sun is not shining, the bills are not paid, appliances break and our family is struggling with day to day relationships. It is easy to trust when all is well, not so easy when life includes some pain and suffering.  We must have the confidence to trust in him through good times and bad. Think of how many books have been written about “trust issues” and how many of us probably own some of them!

If you remember, numerous times Jesus would scold the apostles for their lack in trust in him.

The apostles themselves, who were closest to Jesus had a hard time trusting him…should make us understand that we too will often have setbacks in learning to trust. It is human nature for the majority of people to not trust fully at all times. Luckily, the Catholic Church is filled with examples of those who DID trust completely. We need only look to our Mother Mary as a model of complete trust in God. Her trust was unwavering, even through the most difficult of circumstances.

One thing we must teach ourselves not to do is trying to bargain with God.  How many times have you talked with God and said if you will provide this, I will do that? We have all done it, and many of us continue to do it, myself included. We treat prayer and faithfulness like a dangling carrot. In a sense, keeping track of when he rewards us and when he does not. I doubt highly that was the way he wanted us to pray to him. 

What we must instead embrace complete faithfulness all the times, good and bad, understanding that in order to become good stewards, we must be trusting stewards.