5am...5 miles with Moxie. (Guide Yellow)
6 miles on a beautiful day at lunch. (Glide Black)
4 miles after work. (Glide Green)
So this chaos and anxiety were are facing in the world right now has made me do some hard and deep thinking and praying. A perspective that I come back to mostly is thinking about the role that God assigned us (humans) for this world…Stewardship. From the beginning, this was our assigned responsibility and it was corrupted early (think Adam and Eve) and is still the most egregious issue today (which is very easy to see) in our lives…Greed. We cannot be good stewards if we are greedy. Stewards of our resources or our relationships. All “isms” are corrupted by greed, they work on paper but fail in implementation when you insert greed (e.g. people) into the system. This is true of our economic systems, our political systems, our industrial/technology systems, our relational/social systems. We must use this opportunity to have us as individuals, as communities, as nations and as a society/world as a whole come back to stewardship for all as our focus and responsibility, not on the greed that then separates and corrupts this role. We should focus on our society, not our industry; our relationships, not technology; our shared values, not our political differences; our common goals, not our personal differences (e.g. race, color, culture, dress, etc.). We have seen that God’s nature is good if we think on stewardship not greed and need to balance our societal advancement against our greed. Look at the air quality in China and Italy, the water quality in Venice as examples of a balance and nature’s goodness if we do not focus on our greed for our accumulation of stuff and experience. We should focus on helping and caring for each other more (as we are seeing) not continuing to tear each other down (as we are also witnessing). We should prop up what is important and our relationships with each other and forward values and contribution to others. We should reward better jobs that matter (teachers, scientists, care providers, food producers and distributors, manufacturers, safety and security officials, etc.) with due compensation and not those that foster greed (entertainers, athletes, politicians, CEO’s, etc.). If we focus on stewardship, we could have drastic impacts on improving our society and relationships, our resources and our environment. Let this time be a lesson to us individually and as a whole.