Stewardship means living a conscious and committed life in Christ. When we make the decision to live a life of stewardship, we grow in humility. We realize that all we have and all that we are given comes from a loving and generous God. This is a humbling realization.
The word “humility” means “of the earth” or “down to earth”. To be humble is to recognize that we are not the authors of creation, but the stewards of that creation. The Genesis Story of Creation tells us that God made the heavens and the earth and put us here as stewards to care for that creation.
Genesis also teaches that as human beings, we are created with dignity in God’s image and likeness. We are all important in God’s sight, but we do not need to exert that self-importance to the detriment of others or of God’s creation. That would be the opposite of humility.
A daily life of stewardship offers many opportunities to grow in humility like; choosing to let others shine in conversation, accepting comments without being defensive or giving up control or positional power to empower others. These are just a few examples of ways to practice humility through stewardship. May our loving and generous God bless us all.
Love, Deacon John