Do you feel a bit like we are in a beautiful room that’s undergone a small tornado? As we visit these concepts day after day, I feel like we are walking around the room and adjusting pictures so they no longer hang askew, picking pillows up off the floor and fluffing them up before setting them back in their places, and making sure the lamps have light in them.
Though the room will become messy again and picking up will be an on-going task, these reminders do just that. They remind us to keep picking up, keep remembering our true natures when sin won’t be a factor.
This, this picking up, is an act of stewardship.
Eden lost beckons us to live in extremes and those extremes result in poverty and hoarding … of resources, of food, of talents, of money, of information, of love. But Eden reminds us that stewardship is in the middle and is an on-going task (I wrote never ending in the dreary sense, but the crossed it out as it showed how automatic Eden lost thinking is in).
Yes, stewardship is on-going, but if we are all stewarding our talents, resources and time, it’s also on-giving. Of me to you, you to me, God to us, us to God.
At times I forget that stewardship isn’t just so that we can all have enough and be pleased with how we’ve handled a situation or issue. It’s part of being made in the image of God. Stewardship calls for active participating and engagement. Stewardship allows for engagement without work-a-holic-ness and rest without laziness.
On-going. On-giving. On-receiving. We don’t do it perfectly yet, but some day, someday, we will.
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