For the past week, the Wesley Club members have been carrying around a dollar with the responsibility to use it in a way that will bless someone else and perhaps change the world. This dollar represents more than what just one dollar can buy. It has shaped the way we think about our resources.
It has made me aware of all of the opportunities to give. Here on campus there was the Gulu Walk, boxes filled for Operation Christmas Child and donations gathered to for natural disaster relief. In town I've encountered a homeless woman on the street, a restaurant server who could be blessed by an extra tip and collections for Children's Hospitals and Polio vaccinations. In my personal relationships, my sister needed sponsors for the AIDS walk, a friend would be blessed by an uplifting card, and a new neighbor would smile in response to a plate of cookies.
In this economic setting your financial identity is defined by different people in different ways. To some you are a future tax payer. To others you are a consumer, a target group for the consumption of goods and services- needed or not. This week we were reminded of our identity as "Stewards." Stewards are those who are trusted with a responsibility for resources. We are stewards with responsibility for all of the gifts given to us by God.
One dollar may not be much, but it's enough to change our thinking- and that can change the world.