Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good Stewards

How important it is for us to be good stewards of what we have. My mum used to say to me, ‘Finish the food on your plate, there’s people starving in Africa’. Maybe there was some way of transporting this food to a needy place in the third world… I knew there wasn’t, but the thought was clear. Don’t waste your food. Don’t eat too much. Don’t cook too much and have too much on the plate so that it then gets wasted. Be a good steward of your food.

My parents would challenge me to bank some money. ‘Put away some money every week… It’ll add up you know’ What they were really saying was, don’t waste your money. Put some aside. Don’t overspend. Always have some money on the side to spare. Be a good steward of your money.

In today’s affluent Western Society, is good to hear that challenge about being good stewards. The world says to us:

* Buy, Buy, Buy

* Eat, Consume, Take

The Word of God says:

* Give, Give, Give

* Use your money wisely, give to the poor and needy

A fair enough challenge in such a ‘rich’ part of the world.

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