Are you a good steward or you expecting more without giving more?

It's really hard to get out of the MORE is MORE rat race. I meet so many mid-career professionals who are obsessed with getting to the next level

I have a question for you though: what are you doing with what you CURRENTLY have? Sure a promotion is great, but how are you handling your current responsibilities?


I have been reflecting a lot lately on the parable of the talents. Incase you haven't heard/read it: the Master gives different talents to three people before leaving on a trip: to one he gave 5, to the other 2 and the other 1 talent. He asked them to watch over them until he comes back. See Matt 25:14-30


Well as you probably know the one who had 5 talents invested what he had and doubled his investment so that he had 10 talents. Not surprisingly, the one who had 2 talents invested them and doubled his investment so that he had 4 talents. The one who had ONE talent - figured this sucks. Why should I bother doubling this. The Master was mean so I'll just sit and hide this talent.


I want to offer that the one talent man is so many of us. There are more one-talent men than there are 5 talent men.

Scenario 1: The entry-level job

What does that look like? I am a receptionist or an administrative assistant, or an intern, paid or unpaid. I think this is the worst job ever. So I choose to do the least. When folks come to the me for help and support, I have my face screwed so tightly and roll my eyes every time I get asked to photocopy a document or do a task. I would rather be pursuing my passion but seeing as I can't do that right now, I am going to bring my stank attitude to work EVERYDAY. And then I am going to complain when I don't get considered for opportunities.



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Scenario 2: Grass is greener on the other side

That one talent man is the person who is pre-occupied by going up that they are not really realizing that they need to be present. They are complaining because they are not getting the high profile files BUT are not even delivering on their one job. Everyone else's work looks more interesting than your own so you keep looking over the fence. You had one job and instead of doing that and SLAYING it, you're annoyed because your file isn't a high profile company/organizational priority. So you sulk and then wonder why you got a bad reference when you applied for a job because the potential employer will ask how you are handling your CURRENT responsibilities before they can consider adding responsibilities.


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Scenario 3: Can show up won't show up

I have met other one-talent men and women who always have an excuse for not being at work, not delivering on the team work. They are that person in the group project who NEVER shows up for the group meetings, doesn't even know what their part is in the presentation and you have to hound them to send you their input and then at the end want to be recognized as the group leader as though they were even involved in the real work.


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Stewardship is what we do with what has been given to us without expecting a huge outcome from it. It requires you to manage what you have got extremely well before having additional responsibilities. How well you handle what has been placed in your hand will determine how much further you are able to go and how much more is entrusted to you.

And whenever I think about this I can't help but think about Joseph (reference Genesis 37-41). Joseph KNEW that he was made for greatness from the outset when he was just 17. And in his youthful naïveté, he declared to his brothers that he would rule and be king over them.


What never ceases to amaze me about Joseph is that the bible says he was a successful man while he was still a slave. Read that again. He was SOLD by his own brothers to slavery, and yet he was a successful man. Joseph must have had a positive attitude and a can-do mentality because the bible says "The Lord was with him and the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand". Joseph didn't see himself as slave; he saw that whatever God had placed in his hand would prosper and so it did after all as a man thinks so is he.


Then his situation got worse and he was falsely accused by Potiphar's wife. He gets thrown in jail. It would be natural for Joseph to throw in the towel and give up and have the WORST attitude in there, with reason.


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It says that the Lord gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. In order for the Lord to give Joseph favour, he had to have had an attitude of gratitude. He had to have taken the small roles with care so that the keeper of the prison committee to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. You don't get to be in charge of all the prisoners when you are acting the most and inciting rebellion. Joseph had learned to manage what was in Potiphar's household - stewardship - so that he was now able to handle more in the prison. This was him at the two-talent stage. He had learned to use his gift of interpretation of dreams wisely when the butler and the cupbearer of Pharaoh were in prison with him. Despite helping them, the butler forgot him when he got out of prison.


However, the day finally came when Pharaoh was in need of someone to interpret his dreams and then the butler finally remembered him TWO FULL YEARS later. The bible says that Pharaoh called Joseph and they brought him QUICKLY out of the dungeon.


I don't know what dungeon your career or your life is in right now, but know this: If you have been a good steward of what God has placed into your hands, your "QUICKLY" and "SUDDENLY" moment will come and you will go from prisoner to Promoted.

He shaved, and changed his clothing and was ready to take on the responsibility.


When he had adequately interpreted the dream from Pharaoh through the gift that God had given him and after his character had been refined and perfected through various circumstances, Joseph received an instant promotion. Pharaoh said: "you shall be over my house and all my people shall be ruled according to your word. only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you".


We are in a social media age where all we see are the wins. The seemingly "instant" wins. I imagine Joseph posting to his IG: Just got sworn in as Prime Minister of Egypt #blessed #thirtyfine.


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What would be missing was when his brothers put him in a pit. When they denied him water. I bet you he wouldn't have posted when Potiphar and other masters were wagering and bidding for him as a slave. He definitely wouldn't have had his cellphone in jail to post how he was kicking it in the prison.


Remember this:


Promotion comes from incremental demonstration that you are able to handle your CURRENT responsibilities and MORE
- Career Slay Mama

Had Joseph become prime minister at 17, he would have missed all the character building and stewardship that he need to be ready to handle the responsibility of being a Prime Minister. Don't get me wrong, it's not to say that everyone has to suffer through 13 years to get to where you need to.


I am asking you: What are you doing with what you CURRENTLY have in your hand?


Are you obsessed with what comes next without taking good care of what you have now?


Are you a good steward?


Can your works speak for you if you're not there or if you aren't asked to defend yourself?


Do your works say: "I'm already handling what I have well, I can take on more" or do they say "I am so disengaged and I have buried my one talent, please don't give me any additional talents"


I am personally in a season where I can say that I have stewarded what was placed into my hands really well. I have learned this the hard way because I was previously disengaged and this hurt me and my career more than it helped me. I have been in a season where I had one talent, one task, one job when knew I should have had 5, but instead of complaining, I learned to make that one talent multiply while believing that someday I would have more. I have been intimidated by the thought of being responsible for 5 talents and I have put all that imposter syndrome aside and focused on getting the work done and getting it done well before expecting additional responsibilities.


So the question to you is are you a good steward? Before expecting more, have a posture of gratitude; then boss up and hit it out of the park. Stop waiting to have more to give it your all - shift your focus into a place of making the most with what you got and know that your lessons of stewardship will serve you when more is bestowed upon you.


And more WILL be bestowed on you: it is just a matter of time.


In the meantime, remember that to whom much is given, much is required! You don't have to wait until much is given: do not despise the days of small beginnings.






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