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Starting with Stewardship

I am fairly new to the world of fatherhood, but so much has changed since last May that I can’t even comprehend. Sometimes I just stand back and attempt to think how my life was before my son was a part of it, and I am simply unable to. My family has been blessed immensely, with happiness, our desires, and of course our son. A little over two years ago, my wife was told that she would be unable to bear children, and we came to grips with that. We got two golden retriever puppies and decided to travel the world. A few months later we decided on our first road trip across country, that we would try to have a child, and leave it into God’s hands. God spoke and gave us our incredible son.

I am really into how wealth works and the ideals behind being wealthy. I also like stuff… a lot. In order to be wealthy, or to simply provide for your family one must be a good steward. Steward is simply a word that means a caretaker. We must take care of what we are blessed to have given to us whether we deserve it or not.

Good stewardship extends beyond money and goes into our entire world. From conservation of our natural resources, to providing the best environment to raise our children. Stewardship is critical for the success of our children. A few pointers I can think of to get every dad on the path to being a good steward:

  1. Be conservative: Don’t spend all that hard earned dough on yourself or the things you want. Use it to save for your family and be able to enrich both yours and your family’s
  2. Protect your environment: If each person would spend a few moments to protect the area around them our planet would be in better shape. Start at home; recycle more than you used to, perform preventative maintenance on the house and vehicles to keep them running and in usable shape. Pick up litter you come across on your way to the office. These are little things but translate to a huge impact on your child’s world
  3. Be thankful: A true steward realizes that nothing is really his. It has all been given to him from somewhere else. Therefore a deeper appreciation comes when you are thankful. It also helps you to keep matters in perspective and be happier
  4. Have a plan: Planning whether a budget, goals, or tasks helps manage your life, career, and just about everything in between. Having a plan will reduce stress and make you more productive overall.
  5. You are an example: Whether you want to be or not, you are an example to your children, spouse, dogs, or anyone else in your life. The determination of if you are a good or bad example is up to you. Take the time to reflect on how to be a good example and lead your children into a brighter future.

This list is far from inclusive and merely is a starting point. The list can be expanded to hundreds of points, but that is up to you. The general idea is to take care of what has been granted to you. You may not live to see the fruits of it, but your children will. To your child, you are the greatest person in the world. It is time for you to start living up to that ideal and providing the environment for them to grow up in.

This list is far from inclusive and merely is a starting point. The list can be expanded to hundreds of points, but that is up to you. The general idea is to take care of what has been granted to you. You may not live to see the fruits of it, but your children will. To your child, you are the greatest person in the world. It is time for you to start living up to that ideal and providing the environment for them to grow up in.

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Zachary Greenwell

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Zachary is a new father as of last May. He and his wife live with their son, and two golden retrievers near Annapolis, MD and spend a lot of time outdoors either in their community or downtown ... Read Full Profile
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