Monday, June 14, 2010

Wise Manager

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions." Luke 12:42-44

The world cup is on and sweeping the globe with fever. Even if you are not a soccer fan, somehow it has caught many people's imagination. Our youngest played soccer, as did her Dad , so we like to watch soccer from time to time. But now, it has hit big and we find ourselves checking scores and the like. With all the eyes focused on the talent in the field, I am reminded how essential a wise manager is to the sport. Hoe little great athletes can do without constant coaching and consistent management. Great management is serving as well as leading, being a steward of the resources you have and being humble enough to know who is really paying the bills.

Jesus told his disciples about our role here on earth. We are managers, stewards, not owners of what we have. In Cherokee tradition, this is a very normal way of seeing the world, but in the present day competitive marketplace, we sometimes can forget who really is in charge. God gives us great gifts and great riches and we are humble managers of a sacred trust. The oil spill in the gulf seems to me to be a sign of those who forget that they are but managers, stewards and faithful servants of the abundance of our Creator God.

Today, I want to remember that all the abundance and gifts I have are from God and that my job is to love and care for each tenderly, not holding too close, but bringing out the best in all. If I am to be a good servant, a good rector, a good manager then my job will be to honor all the people and resources I have been given and help them to thrive and blossom in their fullness. And to share God's abundance with those in need. May we all remember to be wise and humble managers of the great gifts from God, our Creator.

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