By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, July 13, 2017

I have been thinking about stewardship at Highland Hills. At first thought, one might assume that stewardship is a matter of math, something that can be quantified by budgets and bottom lines. However, being a steward of this place doesn't begin with money.

Caring for the life of our church involves heart and hope, as much as dollars and cents. If you have hope in what God is doing in the world, then you may have the heart to risk a response. This is the beginning of generosity. This requires a shift in perspective. Consider, the farmer poet, Wendell Berry's words on investing in the future:

Ask the questions that have no answers.

Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.

Say that your main crop is the forest

that you did not plant,

that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested

when they have rotted into the mold.

Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

.... Practice Resurrection

Our stewardship of this place requires a long view of God's work, that isn't short on hope. For more from Berry's work, use the youtube link below: