Marriage & The Five Areas Of Stewardship

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On August 30th, 2020, I said “I do” and married the love of my life!

As a newly married husband for almost a month now, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk about the 5 areas of stewardship from the perspective of a married couple.

Being married, I can tell you from personal experience that the 5 areas of stewardship are significantly important when you have decided to have a life partner.

To review, there are five areas that we are responsible for exercising stewardship over. Those areas are as follows:

  • Stewardship over time.
  • Stewardship over talents/skills.
  • Stewardship over finances.
  • Stewardship over health.
  • Stewardship over relationships.

Stewardship over relationships is the obvious one that marriage clearly has an impact on. However, the other four areas are definitely impacted by marriage as well.

Let’s start with stewardship over time.

When you’re single, your time is your own to do with as you see fit. Want to work overtime to make some extra money? You can do that no problem. You decide to take a last minute weekend getaway trip? Just make the arrangements and go.

However, when you are married, your time isn’t the only time to be considered. You have a spouse whose time must be considered as well.

What about stewardship over talents and skills? When you are single you have your own unique set of talents and skills. Your responsibility is to utilize those talents and skills to the best of your ability.

When you’re married, not only do you have talents and skills but your spouse has talents and skills as well. One of the benefits to marriage is you have a partner with a unique set of talents and skills that you can work together so that both of you benefit.

Case in point, suppose you have the skill of organization. However, you are not very good at the skill of healthy eating. Your spouse is not good at organization. However, they are very good at the skill of healthy eating.

You can be responsible for organizing the household while your spouse can be responsible for selecting all of the food that will be purchased in the house.

The end result is both of you have good organization AND good healthy eating!

Stewardship over finances is significantly important in a marriage. One of the biggest reasons for divorce is finances.

When you are single you are responsible for only your finances. You can spend money however you see fit and those decisions mainly impact you and you alone.

However, when you are married, you and your spouse are jointly responsible for finances together.

When you file a joint tax return you and your spouse are jointly responsible. If your spouse doesn’t withhold enough taxes or make enough estimated tax payments, you will both be liable for that tax debt.

Your health is also impacted differently when you are single verses when you are married.

When you’re single, your health is your responsibility and you are the one impacted.

Once you’re married, your spouse is impacted by the decisions that you make that impact your health.

If you get really sick and can no longer do certain things that you are able to do when healthy, that burden now falls on your spouse.

When it comes to relationships, that’s an obvious one. When you are single, you are responsible for stewardship over relationships with your family, friends and acquaintances.

However, when you are married, not only does your spouse become a part of your family. You also have a very unique relationship with them that you are responsible for stewarding as well.

The five areas of stewardship are very important for married couples. I encourage you to talk about them with your spouse and work together to make sure that you are both exercising good stewardship in those areas.

I have these discussions with my wife already and I believe that doing so is setting the foundation for a healthy and fulfilling marriage.

Roosevelt Cooper –

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