Stewardship of God’s Creation

I am so often disappointed when I look around the world and see the way we treat God’s creation. When God left us in charge of things, I don’t think God intended for us to abuse his creation. I think God intended for us to love and to care for his creation as God loves and cares for us, which we are most certainly not doing. I have several friends who are in the rescue business, either canines or equines, and their Facebook pages are continuously filled with sad stories of abuse and neglect. Don’t get me wrong. I understand what it means to fall on hard times and have to re-home your pets, but the volume of animal abuse and neglect in our so-called Christian society is in no way consistent with Christian teachings.

I witnessed a disturbing incident on the way to work the other day. I was driving my usual 5 miles over the speed limit when–as always happens–60 miles per hour just wasn’t fast enough for some hotshot in his supped up, lifted Chevy truck. Just as he came barreling around me and the person behind me, a squirrel darted into the road. I can’t be sure, but I would swear that the driver intentionally hit the squirrel, who realized his error in judgment and tried to retreat. The poor squirrel rolled under the big truck tires and was thrown into the other lane. He clearly did not die on impact. It was heartbreaking. I have no great love for squirrels or any other of God’s rodents, but I could never imagine being so callous as to not care that I took a life–any life. Continue reading

Everything is Sacred

I’ve gotten a lot of questions both on and offline about how all my interests tie together.  How does taking care of a donkey relate to theology?  What does solar-powered lighting have to do with dog training?  How does bargain shopping at Goodwill relate to Christian values?  What does Pampered Chef have to do with farming? The answer to all of those questions is stewardship.

These questions remind me of a story a Lyons Legacy trainer told me about Josh Lyons. Josh was asked not to talk God about one of his events. He told them that it just wasn’t possible to NOT talk about God when he was talking about horse training, because his training abilities were a gift from God. I respect that. Owning your Faith isn’t always easy.  Sometimes people don’t get it.

God has blessed us with a beautiful peace of earth.  God has blessed me with an amazing job.  God has blessed us both with intellect and drive. God made us stewards of 37 acres, two horses, two dogs, a cat, a donkey, and a sizeable income. Being stewards, we don’t “own” any of this. God has honored us with their care. Continue reading