Walking in God’s Favor: I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Level 4 Stewards realize the importance of time and manage their time wisely. Staying connected to the Source is always their first priority. Level 4 stewards are aware that the choices they make today will impact future generations. They understand that staying connected to the Source is critical to the success of their life mission.
We agree with what President Barack Obama says, “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
We have discovered in our spiritual lives that when we allow God lordship over our will, dreams, and ambitions, we experience more peace, love, and happiness in our world. God’s blessings in the life of the Level 4 Steward will also be a blessing in the life of others. I believe God blesses the lives of Level 4 Stewards so they can be an example of what He can do in a life that is connected to the Source.
We have developed the daily practice of investing time in prayer. This allows us to say no to the good in order to say yes to the great. For example, in order for us to live a healthy life style, we say no to certain foods that may taste good and yes to foods that gives us the proper nutrition to support our goal of healthy living.
Here’s another example. In order for us to live a debt free life style, we say no to financing our desires with debt, and yes to saving and investing to support our goal of wealth creation. The challenge for Level 4 Stewardship is to remain connected to the Source when you have the financial ability to acquire and do anything you desire.
Connectivity to God is the source of all blessings. Connectivity to people is how the blessings flow from the Source into our lives. I love what Mary Kay Ash said “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Level 4 Stewards are determined to stay connected to the Source and practice the process of connectivity.
Prayer of Blessings: Creator God, we desire to stay connected to You.
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 and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.