Genesis tells us, in the second story of the creation, that God planted a garden in the east, a place called Eden, and then put the man, Adam, in the garden – to take care of it. It’s the start of a recurring theme in the Bible, that of our calling to be stewards of God’s good creation.
Many of us can see stewardship as a practical, economic issue, because we’ve somehow convinced ourselves that the physical world belongs to us. It’s harder to see it as a spiritual matter, though it clearly is. The definition of a steward is someone who tends and cares for that which belongs to someone else, and as the Psalmist has declared, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.”
That’s a pretty big calling. What part of that job are you most strongly attracted to and why?