KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | August 2016

God Owns All My Stuff

By Bonita Joyner Shields

If you’re like me, you have “stuff.” You know, clothes, shoes, your bed, a favorite blanket, special goodies that friends and family have given you. And, of course, we can’t forget: your hard-earned money! You may have gotten that from either helping your mom or dad clean the house, or maybe you got it from mowing a neighbor’s yard. It doesn’t matter. You earned it. So, all your stuff is, well, yours, right? Kind of.

Your “stuff” is yours in the sense that either you got it as a gift from someone or you worked hard to get it. Either way, you take care of it. It’s your responsibility. But the Bible tells us in Psalm 24:1 that everything we have—all our “stuff”—really belongs to God. 

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (NIV).1

Have you ever heard of the word “stewardship?” It’s a big word, I know. The dictionary definition of the word stewardship is that of “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something. . . the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.2 In other words, even though we call it “our stuff,” it’s not really ours. We are what the Bible calls “stewards.” We are managing God’s possessions for Him. But God’s possessions don’t consist merely of tangible possessions—those things we can see, touch, and feel. He’s also given us intangible possessions—things we cannot see, touch, and feel. 

An easy way to remember what God has given to us to manage for Him is to remember the four T’s:

 

Time: Are we wasting our time? Or are we spending it on worthwhile things that will honor God and help others?

 

Talent: Are we using our skills and abilities for good purposes? Are we helping our local church? Are we helping needy people?

 

Treasure: How do we spend our money? Are we returning to God what He’s asked us? Or are we leaving God out of our finances? Also, we can place caring for the earth in this category. It is truly a treasure that God has given us!

 

Temple: Are we putting into our bodies those things that will benefit it? Or are we eating and drinking things that will harm us? 

 

I’ll be writing for KidsView again, so watch for the next article. I’ll be sharing with you some ways you can manage the money God has given you. Hint: It involves envelopes!

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Stewardship isn’t just for kids! 

Go to vimeo.com/44123904 and check out how Jack, a goldendoodle dog, got the name “Stewardship Jack”! And if you fall in love with Jack, and would like a lighted pin like the one you see below, go to www.stewardshipjack.com, click on “Contact Us,” and give us your contact information so we can send it out to you. (Get your parents’ permission first.) Pins will go to the first 25 people who contact us.