Think of the widow mentioned in the Gospel by our Lord: with two mites she surpassed the generous gifts of the wealthy.
Evagrios the Solitary
The second and third chapters of Genesis describe in lavish detail the abundance that God planted in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. God fashioned each unique leaf, stream and animal out of abundant love; the humans named each out of abundant appreciation for these gifts. Ever since then, we humans have strived for abundance. However, finding true abundance can be deceptive and illusive. The fourth-century Christian monk and ascetic Evagrios reminds us of the importance of abundant simplicity that stretches far beyond material pleasures.
Today our hustle-bustle world is troubled by fears of scarcity: Do I have enough? Am I enough? Will I have enough for the future? Am I doing enough now?
In reality, we are perfectly made and perfectly enough. As Evagrios so pointedly says, we strive to be like the widow who depends on what she has at hand and commit all that she has for God’s kingdom. This is real stewardship. This reflects true abundance of creation and her appreciation of it.
This is the foundation of stewardship. We belong to God, and we share his abundance with others by using our varied talents and treasures to spread God’s kingdom.