C.S. Lewis wrote:
"EVERY FACULTY YOU HAVE, YOUR POWER OF THINKING OR OF MOVING YOUR LIMBS FROM MOMENT TO MOMENT, IS GIVEN YOU BY GOD.
IF YOU DEVOTED EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR WHOLE LIFE EXCLUSIVELY TO
YOU COULD NOT GIVE HIM ANYTHING THAT WAS NOT IN A SENSE
HIS OWN ALREADY."
This is a great take on STEWARDSHIP.
Free dictionary defines it as:
"ONE WHO MANAGES ANOTHER PROPERTY, FINANCES OR OTHER AFFAIRS."
"STEWARDSHIP IS AN ETHIC THAT EMBODIES THE RESPONSIBLE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES...THE ACCEPTANCE OR ASSIGNMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY TO
THE VALUABLES OF OTHERS."
The question for me becomes two fold. One, do I really believe the world and everything in it belongs to God?
If so, what are the implications?
This has always been an important on going dialogue
tension that creates obvious challenge.
For example, what is the difference between ownership and stewardship? It would seem that ownership implies rights.
Stewardship (biblical) belies rights, but implores responsibility.
There is something heavy about being entrusted with all we have, knowing we are accountable to a God who has expectation around
Me and you.
SO as we move through the creation of Alabaster, this idea of STEWARDSHIP remains a bulwark
fortifying our mission to serve and love and reflect and care for those who come to gather
I forget this though.
It feels as though 1220 is MINE. After all, I feel the intense burden of debt, vision, execution DAILY
Nightly often too.
Responsibility requires these sensibilities, but sometimes I step further into
Selfishness creeps in. Identity seeking man's applause and wow this is amazing and all the adoration desiring - becomes a bit overwhelming.
SO I step back in the midst of collecting pinning assessing images and pieces and fixtures and design schematics in an effort to remember
Self. Agenda. Wrongly placed motives.
Being committed to God above all and recognizing mission in and through what HE has imparted
This is the best of tensions. Otherwise truly all of
would be gluttonous.
My heart in sharing?
To keep ever before me this ethic of management. I know myself, my tendencies and weaknesses and recognize that the giftedness He has imparted can become burdensome weighty and ultimately insignificant if wrongly prioritized.
Perhaps by giving you a peak inside (me) you might kindly remind me of the
Stewarding well what HE alone gives.