Here we are again – The politicians are risking another government shutdown. It seems we face this year in and year out. The fiscal irresponsibility in Washington is breath taking as they continue to spend more than we take in. The irony is that there are 3 stewardship lessons in all of this that we can at least benefit from. Today we are going to talk about stewardship lesson 1
Stop Kicking the Can down the Road
In life, you always have two choices. First, you can postpone a tough decision because nothing is forcing you to make it. Second, you can make the tough decision, face the fear, and potentially shake things up.
The Ability to Kick the Can down the Road
The politicians have the ability to kick the can down the road. They can still print money. They can still take care of those who get them re-elected. There is no one really putting pressure on them. There is no crisis forcing them to make good fiscal decisions. As long as they are making progress on re-election without making unpopular decisions then they are fine. They don’t have to face the fear of facing political suicide because they made the right decision.
It is a luxury no doubt to not have to make tough decisions. At the same time, there is a problem with kicking the can down the road and having that luxury. As you do so, the problem grows bigger and bigger and bigger until the point that you are forced to make tough choices. It is at that point that the difficulty level is extremely high.
Greece offers a good example. They spent money they didn’t have and made irresponsible promises they never could keep. The politicians really screwed everything up. Then the bottom fell out and their economy and country lay in economic ruins. They don’t have good choices. 4 years ago, they had better choices.
What about on an individual level? Are there financial issues in your life that find you kicking the can down the road? We are called to be good stewards over what God has given us. That means everything. Delaying the inevitable until it is to late is not effective stewardship/management of those gifts. You could have the ability to kick the can down the road in many areas from debt to planning for retirement to making tough decisions about your investments.
Why do we kick the can down the road in the first place? Fear…..Fear is the greatest enabler of the ability to delay decision making and kick the can. As long as we can kick, we don’t face the fear.
When you get the urge to kick the can down the road, think of Deuteronomy 31:6
6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Today, in the dicey environment in which we live, it is important to practice and commit to prudent stewardship. Face the fear and stop kicking the can. You might find the road you are on runs into a brick wall quicker than expected.