Walking in God’s Favor: And the seeds that fell on good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it and patiently produce a huge harvest. Luke 8:15 (NLT)
After raising four successful children of our own. Ardella and I understand the power of patience and prayer when you have teenagers in your home. When your authority is challenged, your sanity is questioned, finances stretched and your energy level is depleted, it takes patience to love the blessings of parenthood.
There are no short cuts to Level 4 Stewardship. You must be willing to go through the process. Gospel music icon James Cleveland wrote a song that says “Please be patient with me. God is not through with me yet.” Level 4 Stewardship is a lifelong journey; not a destination.
I believe there is a higher power working in our lives even when we can’t see it or don’t believe it. One of my favorite biblical leaders is Joseph. Reading his life story is absolutely incredible.
Joseph’s own brothers threw him in a pit to die, then decided it was smarter to sell him into slavery for money. He served 14 years in prison. He was falsely accused of sexual harassment by his boss’s wife. His partners in prison forgot their promises to help him when they received a early release from prison.
With all this history, at the young age of 32 Joseph became one of the most powerful and wealthiest men in Egypt; second only to Pharaoh. Joseph shows us the power of patience when you have purpose in your life. Inside of Joseph ‘s heart the seeds of greatness were planted when he was only 17 years old. He didn’t know when or how long it would take to mature. So when the storms of life came upon Joseph, he kept his confidence in the Higher Power working on his behalf.
Growth is often a painful and scary process. When the Creator calls us to level 4 Stewardship, we sometimes feel uneasy and uncomfortable with ourselves. Like Joseph we can trust in the Higher Power in our lives. Our Creator will do whatever is best for our good and will ultimately give Him glory. Like Joseph we can ultimately say “what others meant for evil, God meant for Good.
Remember if the Creator calls you to Level 4 Stewardship, he has already equipped you to handle going thorough the process. The process is not graded on the speed of your growth as much as is it on how strong you become. God will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for eternity. As you travel this spiritual discovery of Level 4 stewardship keep in mind masterpieces takes time.
Prayer of Blessings: Dear Lord, help us us to sustain our patience and positive attitudes for life challenges.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club. A global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama.