Worth Caring for and Preserving

By Dick Karman

In the 1970s, young men barely out of high school were drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. The average age of our combat troops in Vietnam was 20. Some left for Vietnam straight out of high school.

The teenage soldier had two frequent laments: leaving his high school sweetheart behind and finding someone worthy to care for his car.  It may seem unusual, but to a teenage boy who only recently found enough money to buy a car, the person caring for his car was often more important than his girlfriend.

Asking a trusted friend to take control of your car is asking him to be a steward.  You wouldn’t give the car to someone who would not take care of it. You would entrust it to someone who would keep a coat of wax on it; who would keep the oil fresh; who would make sure that the engine is started at least a couple times a week; and who would lovingly return it to you when you get back.

That’s the definition of stewardship:

stew•ard•ship  [stoo-erd-ship, styoo-]

the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving

Christians often think of stewardship when they think about money. Perhaps that’s not wrong, but stewardship is about so much more than money. Too much emphasis is put on how much we give and not enough on how much we are given. Forget about money for now. Think of the time God has given you on earth. Have you been responsible in overseeing it and using it wisely? I think about how many opportunities God has given me to serve others and how few I have made good on. Even those are not as important as the stewardship that is before you now.

Your children are entrusted to you. They are not yours. You are responsible to oversee and protect them. They are precious in God’s eyes and worth caring for and preserving. Your time of stewardship is limited. God has trusted you to use these years so that the benefit will be seen in generations to come.

When the young soldier returned from Vietnam he wanted to see his pride and joy looking good and performing well.  He had trusted a worthy friend to take care of it. He wanted to see that that friend had been trustworthy.

When God returns to His people, will He see that you took good care of the valuable possessions He entrusted you with? Have you been a trustworthy steward? Have you kept not only a good coat of wax on the outside, but also tended to the inner workings of what God has left with you for a short time? Children are so much more complex than an automobile.

If you left a ’69 GTO or a ’67 Mustang with a friend, you’d provide the owner’s manual to be sure that the car was cared for. The owner’s manual for the care of our children is God’s Word. When He trusted you with the care of His possession, He didn’t do it because you were a perfect curator or a flawless mechanic. He did give you an outline of his expectations. He gave you His Word on it.  Stewardship, when applied to our children, is discipleship.

You are only entrusted for a very short time to make an impact for eternity. Be the trustworthy servant. Be the caretaker God expected you to be. Learn God’s expectations from His Word. Think about this when you read Luke 12:35-48.  Remember that home education is just a tool for discipleship. Discipleship is the care and nurturing of the valuable possessions with which God has entrusted you, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Posted by Dorothy Karman on Sep 16, 2013 at 11:57 PM | Categories: Encouragement - Family life -

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