Habit 1: Be Thankful. “In everything give thanks…” (I Thessalonians 5:18 ). A steward’s heart begins with an attitude of gratitude.
Habit 2: Trust God to Provide. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God….” (1 Timothy 6:17).
Habit 3: Be Content. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” (Hebrews 13:5). Contentment isn’t “getting what you want – it’s wanting what you’ve got.”
Habit 4: Be a Faithful Example. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.…” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). Our children may fail to listen, but they seldom fail to imitate us.
Habit 5: Live Within Your Means. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13). We can live on less than we make in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Habit 6: Give Time and Talent. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 ). Highly effective stewards use their time and talents to honor God.
Habit 7: Give Treasure. “Honor the Lord with your wealth….” (Proverbs 3:9). Our giving shows our loyalty to Christ – during and after our lifetimes.