We’re sharing our fall porch tour and thoughts on stewarding today!
Several weeks ago, the double rockers for our front porch were finally delivered. Hopefully, the two single rockers and two tables will be on the way soon as well.
Honestly, I put off getting any new porch furniture because the white wicker was something I had dreamt about for years while in graduate school.
Back then, my front porch was so small it was nothing more than a concrete slab.
Still, I would flip through the glossy pages of decorating books and magazines longing for a big farmhouse-style porch to decorate from season to season.
It blows my mind that dream actually came true sometimes.
While I dearly loved our white wicker couches, the truth is, they weren’t that functional anymore.
Plus, it was so common to find snakeskins under the cushions, I could barely sit on them without breaking into a cold sweat thinking a snake might be hiding underneath.
So, a few months ago we decided to start replacing the white wicker with wooden rockers. Given we needed 6 pieces of outdoor furniture, we decided to save money by painting all the pieces ourselves.
At the time, we figured we could save $60 per double rocker which didn’t include the side rockers or the tables.
It seemed like a good deal.
Once we bought all the paint and supplies, then spent our entire weekend painting though, we knew we had made a big miscalculation.
Not a major miscalculation, mind you, but enough of a misstep it caused us to start thinking about the value we had placed on our time in a completely different way.
I used to think being a good steward was making sure you had tithed generously and given freely of your talents.
But as I was gently reminded painting those bench rockers, being a good steward is so much more than that.
According to Merriam-Webster one of the definitions of stewardship is “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
I’ve also seen stewardship broken down into three basic categories over the years…time, treasure, and talent.
Truthfully, I felt like we were pretty good where tithing and philanthropic giving were concerned.
I’ll be honest though, I started taking note of how we were doing in all other areas the minute we stopped painting the rockers.
After all, time, treasure, and talent easily covers a lot of ground depending on your definition of each.
So, I started asking myself…
“Have you been a good steward of your time and energy lately?”
“Do you keep piling more onto your plate because you feel too guilty to say no? Then find yourself adding more and more trying to please everyone even at the expense of yourself and your family?”
“Are you being a good steward of your words? Using them to lift people up or have you found yourself so tired and exhausted lately every little thing makes you snap?”
“What about the opportunities you’ve been given recently?”
“The platform and circle of influence you currently have?”
“Have you been treating your body like the sanctuary it was created to be?”
“Are you stewarding your relationships well? Making time to be fully present, trustworthy, dependable, and encouraging?”
“Are you being a good steward of the clothes in your closet? Or do you keep stress buying more because it makes you feel better?”
“What about the cameras sitting on your shelf? When was the last time you went on a nature walk or been a tourist in your town and taken the afternoon to practice?”
“Are you being a good steward of the home décor items you’ve used over the years? Are any of them sitting in bins gathering dust in your garage? Could some of them be donated to a less fortunate family or organization?”
“What about the paint and craft supplies on the shelves or in the drawers of your craft room? Could you carve out some time to make something special for friends, neighbors, or loved ones?”
I don’t share these questions to pry or judge at all.
These are the questions currently filling up the pages of my journal to make me more aware of how I’m stewarding the things I’ve been given, and my hunch is that some of you may be able to relate as well.
Several of the answers I’m at perfect peace with but others reveal I still have a lot to work on.
You might feel that way too.
While it may seem like we need a large audience or wide network to make a difference, the truth is, there are hearts and hands and opportunities all around us – some of them right in our own homes – we can start stewarding today.
Fall is a great season to reevaluate the things that need tending, harvesting, or releasing.
Faithfully putting one foot in front of the other as we walk with grace into the holidays.
Other Fall Porch and Home Tours to Enjoy:
- Elegant Fall Porch Tour and World of Octobers Blog Hop
- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas
- Fall Front Porch Tour and Fall Porches and Patios Blog Hop
- Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall Home Tour
- Embracing Fall Home Tour and Blog Hop