When Lightning Strikes / Everyday Stewardship


One evening at my house the skies were filled with intense lightning and rain was pounding the windows. So the TV along with all the other electronics were turned off, including the lights, and the blinds were lifted so we could watch the event further unfold. My wife mentioned a family in our neighborhood that had recently lost everything in a house fire caused by a lighting strike. She asked all of us in the family, “What would you run and get if we had to leave the house due to a lighting strike?”

I mentioned that I would grab my laptop, but that was only so I could communicate with the outside world. I thought about my books, guitars, sports collectibles, clothes, electronic toys, etc. I realized that there wasn’t anything I was that attached to that I felt I needed to save. Then I thought of the financial debt I have incurred because of all that stuff and it made me wonder how that happened.

The reality is that most of us who are trying to live a stewardship way of life have been Christians much longer than good stewards. I thought I knew what being a disciple of Jesus Christ meant years ago. I had 2 theology degrees so I thought I already got it. Before I began taking the stewardship message to heart, I would have answered my wife’s question differently.

The reality is that a good steward will see their money, time, and talent as investments in what lasts. I will need a few years to pay off my poor investment in things that were temporal, and in fact, many of them are already gone. Stewardship is a way of life that doesn’t happen over night. But when God calls us to something that requires us to leave all things behind, be sure that you own nothing that owns you.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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