Each morning you wake up, God gives you a day full of opportunities to praise Him. Whether it’s the food in your pantry, your access to running water, or your dog greeting you at the front door when you get home from work, you have so many chances to notice the small—but extraordinary—gifts from your heavenly Father.
It’s easy to take the little things for granted, isn’t it? Sometimes we get caught up in this idea that stewardship is just about the big things—like our budgets, marriages or careers. We think the best way we can serve God is to do something big. But there is so much more to living out true stewardship than all of our grand gestures and big decisions. Stewardship means managing God’s blessings God’s ways for God’s glory. That means all of His blessings, not just the ones that feel extravagant and life-changing.
Our lives are made up of millions of these little gifts. And it’s the collection of all these small moments that adds up to an abundant life. What good would it be if we only celebrated God during the major milestones, with no regard for the sweet, quiet moments in between? It’s in that stillness that we have room to really see how much God loves us. He doesn’t just shower us with big gifts. He regularly gives us chances to hear, see, and experience His grace, His love, and His power in ordinary, everyday moments.
Give this a try. Breathe in. Now think of the person, the thing, or the moment that makes you happiest during the day. Maybe it’s someone you love. Or maybe it’s the feeling you get when you see a vibrant sunset on your drive home from work. Whatever it is, imagine it as a blessing from God. Picture it as something He has personally handed you as a gift to make you happy and joyful—and to remind you of Him.
Now think about an ordinary moment in your daily routine. Maybe it’s something that feels mundane or monotonous. Something average by all accounts. Now do the same thing you did a moment ago. Imagine that as a gift from God. What if that is something He gave you to handle for His glory? What if those five extra minutes in the morning are a chance to get to know your neighbors, spend some quality time with your daughter, or to pray for a friend in need? God might want you to use those small moments to set something huge in motion.
With all of that in mind, imagine what the world would look like if we got serious about stewarding as many of these small moments as we could. That’s what is really behind stewardship. We get the chance to see every little moment, interaction and opportunity as a reminder of who made us and loves us more than we could possibly put into words.
So don’t get too hung up on the idea that stewardship only involves big and extravagant actions. Start small with your daily routine. What moments and circumstances in your life can you view through the lens of stewardship, no matter how mundane or average they may seem? Every moment counts. Every person counts. Every single thing in your life—no matter how big or small—is an opportunity to remember we are blessed, loved, and called to live for Him and His glory.