I was recently listening to a podcast about physical fitness and wellness (if you know me well you may be laughing at that), and something that really stuck out to me was that we are simply called to steward the body that God has given us.
And it got me to thinking about how we are simply called to steward the home that God has given us. We aren’t called to perfection in our homes. We don’t have to have a house that’s a certain size, type, style, age, or location, just like we don’t have to have a body that’s any of those things.
God simply asks us to steward well what he’s given us.
To steward is to look after, to supervise, manage, and keep order. It’s to help something reach its potential, to maximize the function or beauty.
Our job when it comes to our homes is to be faithful in caring for them and sharing them with others.
But you may be wondering what this kind of faithfulness actually looks like played out in real life. Below I have four suggestions.
Practical Ways to Steward Your Home
1. Practice hospitality
I think that one of the highest callings of stewardship is to share our homes with others. Practicing hospitality can take many different forms… here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Invite a new family at church over for lunch on a Sunday
- Host a backyard BBQ with your neighbors
- Have a friend over for coffee and really listen
- Invite a co-worker over for dinner
- Host a play date
2. Keep things tidy
Now, don’t get me wrong… you can (and should) be hospitable, even if your home isn’t tidy. However, just like eating healthy and moving our bodies is part of stewarding them well, cleaning the toilet and emptying the dishwasher is part of stewarding our homes well. This doesn’t mean there isn’t grace for exceptionally busy seasons, or that your counters and floors must always be sparkling, but keeping things generally tidy can go a long way in the stewardship of your home.
3. Make it cozy
Creating spaces in your home that are cozy, beautiful, and reflect the style of your family well is part of stewarding the gift that you’ve been given in your home. You want those who spend time in your home to feel comfortable, and how the space is designed is definitely part of that!
4. Cultivate contentment
My last tip for stewarding your home well has less to do with what your home looks like, and more to do with your attitude. The way you speak and act at home has the power to cultivate negative or positive things in your family… so why not make it positive? Practice contentment and joy when it comes to your home, and you’ll find that your home becomes a place of contentment and joy to all who enter.
If you want to learn more about how to take these steps in your home, then I hope you’ll join me in the month of September as I explore these four areas of home-making! I’ll be putting on four weeks of home-related education through what I’m calling Home*School. Each week will have its own unique theme with corresponding blogposts, recommended resources, a free PDF download, and a giveaway! If you want to stay up-to-date with all this fun, make sure you’ve liked the Mysa Home Styling Facebook Page and follow Mysa on Instagram!