By Kristina Renee Wise
Oh, the holiday season! The season that brings the most joy, excitement and anticipation. Gathering around family, holiday traditions, unwrapping gifts, and the season of remembering what took place; the birth of Jesus Christ. Truly, it is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.
Stewardship Is A Gift
For some, I know the holidays are a challenging time. The loss of a loved one, feeling alone with no family around, or some of your family members are unbelievers; or it’s hard for you to be around them.
Even though the holidays are challenging and stressful, we must see the joy in the season. God has given each of us an assignment and it will look different for everyone, but it is teaching us how to steward our time.
Have you ever had a time during the holidays where you needed to take time to be with The Lord?
To get away in a quiet space to hear Him about the direction for the next year?
To escape from all of the hustle and bustle that comes with the season?
To fast and deny yourself, in a concentration before the presence of The Lord?
To be more connected to the vine and ask Jesus to cut off any fruit that does not bear much (John 15:2)?
This is your time.
This is your time of stewardship. Stewardship is a gift from God. Here are three ways you can be a good steward of your time around the holidays:
1. Lean Into the Holy Spirit
Lean into the Holy Spirit. It is okay to take specific time away to be with The Lord and to hear his voice (John 10:16). God may be directing you to pray for a specific family member; their salvation, restoration, or healing in their body.
Leaning in and listening to the Holy Spirit in this time is so crucial because it connects you to Him. God may have you go and sit with an elderly woman who lost her husband and it is hard for her around this time.
The light that is within you is giving her hope and rendering her broken heart during this time. Listen and heed Him. You never know whose salvation, restoration, and redemption back to Christ is connected to our obedience.
2. Get Bold
God gives us boldness and confidence in difficult situations. You are eager to share your faith, but somehow, obstacles and challenges arise when you want to speak truth.
Don’t let that halt you from sharing The Gospel. Jesus gave you time with your family to be a light in darkness. Be a steward over it. Every minute that goes by is minutes closer and closer to the return of our King.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Enjoy things that you like to do around the holidays. Saying no is fruitful. If you haven’t been to the movies in a while and you always wanted to go, treat yourself. The spa, dinner, or even a weekend getaway are all ways you can take time and enjoy yourself.
God has given us the gift of time and being a good steward over that time is a treasure and an investment into yourself. It is true that you can’t pour from an empty cup. When you give yourself time with Jesus, everyone else around you gets to enjoy your best, too.
We will never be the perfect steward. That's Jesus. But day by day, moment by moment, with the gift of stewardship, we will count each moment as a blessing from God, and we will enjoy a wonderful and prosperous holiday season.
Recent Author and Lover of God's Word, Kristina is a fun and energetic daughter of God who loves Jesus and wants to see people flourish in their purpose.
Her educational background started her love for teaching God's Word and her desire to travel the world speaking his Word. Back in the Summer of 2019, Kristina flourished in her passion and her desires to see women whole and healed in Jesus and birthed Spiritual Healing Sisterhood.
Currently, Kristina is a seminary student and hopes to minister to women and make an impact in Christian Education.