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Self-Care as Stewardship

By November 5, 2019Leadership

Stewardship. To some, it’s largely a religious word — and often attached to money. Outside of finances, our culture doesn’t talk much about the idea of stewardship. That’s unfortunate.

Why? Because it’s a matter of two perspectives: Stewardship and ownership.

Ownership is simple: If I own something, it belongs to me and not to you (unless we’re co-owners). As the owner, I’m free to do whatever I want with it. Ownership can breed entitlement. This is mine, I bought it, you can’t have it.

Stewardship, on the other hand, is about managing someone else’s resources. These resources — or blessings — have been given to me and I’m responsible for managing them well.

For me, self-care is a matter of stewardship. I have been entrusted with one life. As much as I often think otherwise, my life is not my own. It is a gift, albeit a complex, often confusing gift.

How well this one life turns out is affected by how well I care for my body, mind, and spirit.

Along the way, will I encounter environmental factors beyond my control? Certainly. Genetics will play a part. In large part, the actions of other people are beyond my control. Like you, I’m only getting older.

Where I do have the ability to choose, I want to choose well. I want to be a good steward of the one mind, one body, and one spirit I have been given.

What does this require? What do good stewards have in common?

  • Good habits
  • Good attitude
  • Good friends
  • Good execution
  • Good ability to take corrective action

What else would you add to the list?

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