98:1, 2-3, 3-4
The dishonest steward is accused of squandering his master’s
property. I’ve read that this parable teaches the prudent use of material
wealth in the face of a looming crisis.
However, the reading makes me think of how I choose to make use of what the
Lord has given me. There are many ways to squander the Master’s gifts. It
makes me wonder: Do I give appropriate care to the things that have
been entrusted to me?
What about my wife and children? They are beautiful and they love me.
Do they get the time and the attention they deserve, or do I squander
time I could be spending with them?
What about my faith life? Do I take time each day – more than a few
minutes -- for prayer and meditation? Or am I just too overwhelmed
with tasks to worry about such things? Focusing on my busy-ness to
the exclusion of my relationship with Jesus could be construed as wasting
And my work? Do I honor in my heart and in my deeds my pact with my
employer? Do I make full use of the talents and abilities that have
been given to me? Do I honestly, cheerfully and responsibly carry out
my assigned duties? Failing to do so is dishonest and erodes my spiritual
What about other people? Do they receive from me appropriate care,
regard, respect? Or do I discriminate, backstab, or ignore individuals
based on whether they happen to be useful or attractive to me?
Am I driven to fill every minute of the day with “productive” activity, or
do I spend time enjoying the poetry, beautiful music or good companionship
that the Lord has provided in such abundance?
A simple prayer for today: Lord, help me recognize your gifts to me, and
help me to make the right use of them.