If we’re going to talk about stewardship, we might as well start at the beginning. It’s a very good place to start. In the beginning we hear how things were made, how they were named, and who made them. God made them all. God made it all. God made us all. We are the work of God’s hands. We are the work of God.
And God invites us into that work. At the end of the first chapter, God entrusts God’s work to us. It can be read as stewardship, or dominion, and that decision makes a big difference in how we go forward from there. I prefer to read it as trust and relationship. God chooses us to care for what God has made. That’s one another, that’s animals, that’s seas, sky, and soil.
Before we can even talk about what we give to God, be amazed at what God has given to us, and how God has chosen and called us to be trusted partners in creation.
Image credit to STScI as part of their work with NASA and Hubble Telescope. (Serpens Nebula HBC 672)