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The following was written by Roger Gum, a Senior Private Wealth Advisor located in Ronald Blue Trust's branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina.
God owns everything, which makes us stewards. And, as stewards, we are called to be faithful. So, what does it mean to be financially faithful?
A few years ago, my two oldest sons, Griffin and Xander, played soccer in a six and under league. At four years old, Xander was the youngest player in the league, and Griffin was one of the oldest.
They both had a great time. But as you can imagine, Griffin enjoyed a lot of success, while Xander did not. In fact, going into the last game of the year, Xander and another player, Blair, were the only ones on the team who had not scored a goal.
During the last quarter of the last game, the coach put Xander and Blair in the game with specific instructions to stay by the opponent’s goal. Then he ordered Griffin to stop the other team by
and to feed passes to Xander and Blair to help them score.
As the quarter began, Griffin chased the other team’s players downfield, stole the ball, and kicked a perfect pass toward the goal, only to find both of his teammates had wandered off to the woods, where they had seen a squirrel. Coach called the only timeout of the season and placed the two non-scorers on the line, six feet from the opponent’s goal, and said, “Don’t leave this line!”
As play continued, Griffin gained control of the ball and fed a pass toward Xander and Blair. But the pass came up a few feet short of the goalie box line. Xander and Blair, remembering their coach’s instructions to stay on the line, stretched as far as they could but were not able to reach the ball.
By this time, all the parents from both sides were cheering for the two to score. For the entire ten-minute quarter, Griffin exhausted himself blocking,
and passing. And while the other team did not score, neither did Xander nor Blair.
The game ended, and the season was over. All the parents clapped. Xander and Blair came running off the field happily. Everyone was cheering.
Then I glanced down
the other end of the field and saw Griffin coming toward me. He was clearly upset. With tears streaming down his face, he said, “Dad, I did everything I could, but they didn’t score!”
I gave him a big hug and said, “Griffin, you
do everything you could do. You did what the coach asked you to do, and I am so proud of you!”
You see, Griffin was faithful, even though Xander and Blair did not score. His faithfulness had nothing to do with the final result. He did what he was instructed to do, and that alone made him faithful.
At that moment, I realized this is what God requires of us in order to be financially faithful. Faithfulness is about pleasing our Master! And we please Him through obedience. God is in charge of the results.
At Ronald Blue Trust, we seek to provide clients with financial strategies based on biblical wisdom to help you make wise financial decisions, live generously, and leave a lasting legacy. If you would like to find out how you can be financially faithful in your planning, please contact your Ronald Blue Trust advisor, call 800.987.2987, or email
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This content has been updated since its original posting on March 30, 2015.
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