Last week we looked at how to consider what is in our hand in lieu of making excuses. This continues to challenge me personally and I hope it does you as well. To me, this kind of paradigm shift is at the heart of stewardship…regardless if it is financial stewardship or Facility Stewardship. It requires intentionality to steward what has been entrusted to you..and to do it well. There is no room in any form of stewardship for excuses. Stewardship is not passive nor can a stewardship mantra be devised but a plan of action never implemented.
I am going to add one more nuance to stewardship that may seem crass (then again, would you expect anything less from me) but I believe there are legitimate Biblical and moral cases to be made around this statement:
“Intentional Stewardship produces a Return On Investment”
At first glance/reading of that, you may think I am trying to commoditize the concept of stewardship or make it “worldly.” Humor me for a moment. Read the below passage from Matthew 25…it will only take 30 seconds:
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! ’ “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
That scripture is likely the most used passage when addressing “talents” or stewardship. I am sure you saw it…but the man expected a return on his investment. I left off the verse where the man reprimands the servant that buried the one bag of silver…because my focus is on what IS expected…not the opposite.
A “return” is the yield from something that has been invested into.
To “invest” is to allocate a resource (such as time, money, effort) in the expectation of some benefit in the future.
Stewardship is all about allocating resources…so why would we not expect a return on that investment. Here are some “Stewardship” types and the expected or anticipated return.
What kind of Return on Investment are you getting from your Facility Stewardship plan?