Illustration by Sarah Duvivier.
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream tree was used to foretell the king’s future and illustrate how people are dependent on each other in daily living. It was in the shade of a tree that Abraham entertained heavenly visitors, an opportunity he would have missed if he had not been hospitable.
And, one of my favorites: the Oak of Weeping, where Deborah, Rebekah’s old nurse, was buried. She had been a faithful part of the family for years and it was a great loss when she was laid to rest — she had given so much during her life.
Another kind of tree is a family tree. Genealogy was very important in Bible times. I hardly know who my great-grandparents were (especially since I never met them), but detailed records in Scripture account for generations of lineage letting one boast (or not) of who was a part of their family tree.
And so, I introduce another tree, the Steward family tree. The desire of all should include being a part of the Steward family. The reason? Because it is a family tree that defines how we can share ourselves, our resources, time, talents and influence with those around us. It also talks about caring for ourselves so we can do a better job doing the things that good steward family members do. Look it over; identify what your contributions can be. Stretch yourself; build momentum forward! You will make the world a better place!
Jon Corder, Lake Union Conference Stewardship director