I’ve been doing a lot of work with stewardship lately and will continue this work for the near future, but what I’ve noticed is how very many life lessons are lessons of stewardship.
The other day, at the breakfast table Abbie was buttering her bread and she said, “mommy, I have enough for now, and I’m going to give you the butter now. You can give it back to me when you are done.” Then her daddy complimented her on how generous that was. This led to me thinking about generosity and stewardship in terms of taking turns.
The Biblical model of stewardship is that God is the creator and God has created enough for all. That does not mean there is an unlimited amount for humans to abuse, but there is enough for all. The story in Exodus 16 tells of the Israel after its escape from Pharaoh as they entered the wilderness. God provided food for the people each morning. And each morning as they woke they were supposed to gather just as much as they needed for that day. If they gathered more than they needed, it would turn wormy, and gross. Except on the morning before Sabbath, they were supposed to gather two days measure for that day, and it would not spoil. Anyone who attempted to hoard the manna, or who was afraid of not having enough for the next day, would pay the consequence of not having faith in God’s instructions and provisions.
In the same way, God expects us to share our tools. God expects us to share our resources. God expects us to share our time. God expects us to share our toys. God expects us to give other people a turn. This is not only a practice of generosity, it is a practice of faith, that we will get another turn, or that our experience has been enough to sustain us until God’s next comes along.
Today I am grateful for a lesson in stewardship that is as simple as taking turns.