We are in the middle of a month long renewal of stewardship at my church, St. Matthias in Somerset, NJ. Each weekend, we hear from diverse speakers who talk about the many aspects of being a faithful steward and active disciple.
This weekend, the message touched on Tikkun Olam, which refers to repairing (or restoring) the world. By doing good deeds (mitzvot), deeds that feed the hungry, clothe the naked, put a roof over the homeless, and destroy injustice, we perfect ourselves and we repair the world.
I was reminded of a saying that Canada-based consultant Jan Yuill often mentions on the Organization Development Network discussion board:
~ "Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place."
That sums up the steward's role nicely.
Florida-based consultant Ed Hampton puts it poetically like this:
~ "Please keep your goodness coming! You were blessed to be a blessing. And take your blessings to action of spirit."
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday October 30, 2011