Large and in Charge
What would happen if your parents decided to take a month-long vacation and left you in charge until they got back? Imagine being the boss of everyone and everything in your house-brothers, sisters, cats, dogs, hamsters, plants. "Take care of things" is the only instruction your parents give you before they leave.
How well do you think you'd do? How hard would it be for you to make sure that everyone and everything in your house was taken care of? What would things be like when your parents got back?
Adam and Eve (and their children) knew the feeling of being put in charge. But their responsibilities took on a much larger scope. After God created the earth and everything in it, he invited his human creatures to share in the joy and responsibility of maintaining it.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and told them, "Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals."
Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.
God tossed us the keys to the earth and said, You're in charge of the place. Take care of it for me. That is why we are called stewards of God's creation. Stewards are people entrusted with caring for the wealth and property of their master. God has placed us in charge of the earth's resources. We are to use them properly so that everyone can share in its bountiful provision.
How well would you say we have done in fulfilling our responsibility? When we think about widespread pollution, hunger, and the depletion of resources, such problems often result from being poor stewards. Hoarding resources or taking them without regard for other people or creation itself ultimately harms us all.
While we may be tempted to dismiss such problems as to big for us to tackle, we must keep in mind that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to manage earth's resources wisely. Several small efforts on a local level have the potential to yield large-scale benefits.
HERE'S WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
- Continue to recycle
- Turn off lights when I leave the room
- Try not to leave water running as long
- Pick up and throw away my trash (don't ask lol)
- Try not to stand there with the refrigerator door open