God has given everyone resources to manage. It may seem like a little or a lot, but you still have some. The question is what are you doing with it? Do you constantly wish you had more? Do you have a lot to manage, but are not doing a great job at it? Take a close look at the money that has been given to you and be real with yourself. Do you fit the definition below of a faithful steward as described by Dr. J. Victor and Catherine Eagan in their book Dominating Money? Faithful stewardship includes:
- Proper budgeting
- Eliminating debt
- Faithfully handling money and possessions
- Maintaining excellent care of the money and possessions under your control
- Not attempting to manage more than you are currently prepared to handle
- Maximizing or increasing the money or possessions under your control
Of course the work I do with my clients includes the budgeting, eliminating debt, and faithfully handling money. Sometimes this process isn't easy but the end result is completely worth it. Having an accountability partner is good so you are able to truly understand how others view your management of money. It might be a good time to ask a friend, family member, or co-worker how they see your use of money. Give them the above definition and let them tell you how they believe you are doing just from the interactions you have. Sometimes enlightenment takes you over the edge to get control!