Embracing a Steward’s Mindset for the New Year

During these uncertain times, it is especially important for Christian stewards to have a mindset that the greeting “Happy New Year” really should mean: “I hope and pray for you a joyous year ahead in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ!” If we are to interpret this cheery salutation in that way, should we not consider similar greetings throughout the year? “Happy New Day!” In the lyrics of the popular gospel song “Oh, Happy Day!” we are reminded that Jesus taught us “… how to live rejoicing every day.” Be grateful for each of God’s amazing days. “Happy New Week!” The motto of many is to Live for the Weekend. Why not live for the entire week? Even as we await a post-pandemic era to arrive, let’s resolve to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others in our homes, offices and schools each week of the year. “Happy New Month!” When we examine our monthly planners and budgets, we should ask ourselves: Have I left room for Jesus Christ this month? How can I be a good steward of God’s gifts in the coming month? What am I willing to do this month for the sake of the Gospel? As we turn over 2020 to the history books, let’s approach 2021 with renewed vigor. Let us see the days, weeks and months ahead for the God-given gifts they truly are: “Happy New Year!”