Matthew 6:33, “But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

When I was in university, I spent a year working in a community garden. We planted, watered, and cared for the vegetables and fruits. And then throughout the summer and fall, we harvested them. Anyone who was part of the garden could eat as much food as they needed from the garden. And the rest was given away. For me, the image of a garden is the beginning of stewardship.

God originally placed people in the Garden of Eden to “steward” it, to care for it. The people had to care for the plants and animals and could eat what they needed as well. It was a relationship of give and take. God also asks us to be good “stewards” today. But stewardship doesn’t begin with giving, it begins with the heart.

Stewardship means noticing all of the gifts we have from God, caring for them well, and sharing them with God and others. The next few weeks we will look at four different parts of stewardship and how God calls us to be good stewards. Each week there will be a challenge or activity for you to do with your family.

Activity: Take a hike! As you hike through the woods, notice the things around you. What has God blessed you with? What does it mean to be a good steward of creation (the Earth)?

Challenge: Memorize the verse of the week!

* If you follow the blog, there will be adult posts every Tuesday, and kid’s posts every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Later this week, you will also be able to download the entire adult or kid’s booklet on the resource page! There will be limited booklets in print at the church as well.

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