Dear Little Princess,
The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship, or the care-taking of someone else’s things. Here on Earth, everything belongs to God (Ps. 24:1), but He has graciously lent us all things for our good and enjoyment. Did you know that He has lent you and your brothers to Daddy and me? As much as I want to think of you as my own, you are all His, but Daddy and I get to take care of you. He has asked me to be your steward.
Stewardship is usually a term used when people are talking about money. I want you to know that money is just a resource. It can help in many ways, but unless we have the proper attitude toward it – that we are merely managers of it and not owners – it will never bring us happiness. I hope and pray that you learn to be wise with your finances so that the money the Lord lends you will serve you well.
In addition to being a steward of money, Little Princess, we’re also called to be stewards of the entire Earth. If we can remember that everything we “own” in life is really just on loan from the Lord, it can help us to be better managers of what God has entrusted us with. You’ll hear over and over phrases like, “save the whales!” or, “save the Earth!” But we are not saviors. Only Jesus saves. We are, however, stewards, and as such, we are called to care for and protect the Earth, the animals, and our environment.
The Lord has placed us as caretakers over His creation. In addition to creating us in His image, this is yet another way He differentiates us from the animals. Being a good steward of what is His is a difficult task, but just as with everything else in life, He will help us to do well the job He has called us to do.
All my love,