God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28 (NIV)
"Be careful!" I can still hear my dad’s voice every time the weather took a turn as he would worry about me driving back to college after a weekend visit. He’d even call the state patrol to check on the road conditions. No wonder I’m a basket case when it comes to winter driving! He drove a Greyhound bus for his entire career with no accidents, so I’m sure it was well-intended advice. He loved me so much that “being careful” meant doing what I could to stay safe – to take care of myself.
I can’t help but hear God say “Be careful!” after reflecting on today’s scripture, but with a different focus. God wants us to be “full of care” for all of creation. When God created us humans, we were empowered to be productive in a Christ-centered way and to rule over all other living creatures. That’s one tall order! Taking good care of the gifts God gave us is what stewardship is all about.
So, what happened? Have we rolled our eyes at God just like I used to do at my dad? Perhaps we could be a bit more care-full vs. care-less and live up to the title of good steward. Perhaps we could care so deeply for what we’ve been given that we honor God by how we treat it and what we do with it. When we remember it’s all from God and it’s our responsibility, we treat the world differently, making it a better place.
Question for Reflection:
- Do you lose sight of your role in the story of God’s creation?
Loving God, Thank you for creating the world in which we live and for trusting us enough to put us in charge of it. May we do better. May we bear fruit and care deeply for all living creatures. Even the goldfish with a 10-second memory. (Ted Lasso fans will understand).
Many of you are familiar with Dr. Marilyn Moore, former LPS Administrator, who recently wrote this blog post which I find very fitting. Enjoy!