Someone asked, "Are you going to write something about stewardship?" To which I responded, "Yes!"
What is stewardship? We may think of stewardship as a seasonal thing, when actually it is a lifestyle. Stewardship is a lifestyle. It is not limited by a calendar. Stewardship is 24/7/365. It is marked by gratitude, thankfulness, service, generosity, and a spirit of giving.
A friend of mine likes to say, "All is gift. All is grace." It all starts with God. God is the original Giver who created all that exists. So if all we have is from God, that is something to be thankful for. We have been entrusted with gifts: Time - Talent - Money. How we respond to God's goodness, generosity, and grace is our practice of stewardship in daily life. Each of us is called to be a wise steward. Yes! Each of us is a steward. That is a person entrusted to take care and manage someone else's stuff. In this case God has given to us the responsibility to care for creation. In a sense we are co-creators, given this sacred trust for the good of all God's children and the world.
Years ago I was told, "Don, you are an environmentalist." No one had ever said that to me before. The person who said it saw that I cared about creation. That has stuck with me. It is equally true that each of us is being told we are stewards as part of our faith journey. "(fill in your name), you are a steward." We are on a faith journey that is also a stewardship journey.
It can be said in different ways. Count your blessings. What are you grateful for? What we are thankful for is the starting place for our stewardship. The ultimate gift was given in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is humbling to be a steward. Gratitude is the attitude for stewards.
Blessings to all the Stewards at Christ on Capitol Hill!
P.S. - I am grateful for the warm welcome that you have given this interim pastor.