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Make Me a Steward

Editorial by Jenevieve “Jenna” Lettsome

In what can be seen by many as a faith-destroying time, stories of answered prayer and God’s love continue to shield me, protect my faith and remind me that God still exists and is bigger than life itself.

Like many grateful believers before me—in the Bible and beyond Scripture—I am impressed to tangibly give back and praise God, not just for my life, but the lives and world around me.

On a recent morning walk, I listened to a bird sing and watched a beautiful sunrise touch the horizon, warming the earth after a cold night. It brought to mind the words and tune of the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.” As I walked along, I realized that one of the best ways I could “pay God’s blessings forward” was to accept the responsibility He gave humanity in the Garden of Eden. That charge, recorded in Genesis 1:26, was to “have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (ESV).

It is disheartening to see the world God so tenderly created slowly die, as humans carelessly or intentionally lay ruin to it. And while, yes, one could argue we are only travelers passing through, if you were a guest at someone’s house, would you leave it in an awful state?

The Lord never relieved us of our creation charge. Perhaps humans were His grand finale, but He also took time to lovingly and intelligently create animals, land masses and trees. And when He was finished for the day, He admitted, “It was good.”

Earth Day, April 22, grants us the opportunity to consider how we care for our Father’s world. Though the problems we face may seem beyond repair, each of us can make conscious choices that bring positive change. One way to make an impact is by taking the Visitor’s #2021greenerchallenge, highlighted on page 11.

I invite you to accept the challenge to be good stewards of the earth. May our prayer each day be, “Creator Lord, how should I treat the gifts You asked me to protect?”

Jenevieve “​Jenna” Lettsome is a junior at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., majoring in Music Pre-Law and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Lettsome helped plan this issue during her Visitor internship last fall.

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