Stewardship Quotes

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John Paul II
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
Pope John Paul II

John Wesley
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”
John Wesley

Stephen Jay Gould
“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.”
Stephen Jay Gould, The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

Idowu Koyenikan
“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Wendell Berry
“No settled family or community has ever called its home place an “environment.” None has ever called its feeling for its home place “biocentric” or “anthropocentric.” None has ever thought of its connection to its home place as “ecological,” deep or shallow. The concepts and insights of the ecologists are of great usefulness in our predicament, and we can hardly escape the need to speak of “ecology” and “ecosystems.” But the terms themselves are culturally sterile. They come from the juiceless, abstract intellectuality of the universities which was invented to disconnect, displace, and disembody the mind. The real names of the environment are the names of rivers and river valleys; creeks, ridges, and mountains; towns and cities; lakes, woodlands, lanes roads, creatures, and people.

And the real name of our connection to this everywhere different and differently named earth is “work.” We are connected by work even to the places where we don’t work, for all places are connected; it is clear by now that we cannot exempt one place from our ruin of another. The name of our proper connection to the earth is “good work,” for good work involves much giving of honor. It honors the source of its materials; it honors the place where it is done; it honors the art by which it is done; it honors the thing that it makes and the user of the made thing. Good work is always modestly scaled, for it cannot ignore either the nature of individual places or the differences between places, and it always involves a sort of religious humility, for not everything is known. Good work can be defined only in particularity, for it must be defined a little differently for every one of the places and every one of the workers on the earth.

The name of our present society’s connection to the earth is “bad work” – work that is only generally and crudely defined, that enacts a dependence that is ill understood, that enacts no affection and gives no honor. Every one of us is to some extent guilty of this bad work. This guilt does not mean that we must indulge in a lot of breast-beating and confession; it means only that there is much good work to be done by every one of us and that we must begin to do it.”
Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry
“...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Vera Nazarian
“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Idowu Koyenikan
“When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars.”
idowu koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability
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John Wesley
“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”
John Wesley

Marilynne Robinson
“Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave - that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm. And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful. It allows us to be generous, which is another way of saying exactly the same thing.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Steve Goodier
“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.”
Steve Goodier

Wendell Berry
“We do not need to plan or devise a "world of the future"; if we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us. A good future is implicit in the soils, forests, grasslands, marshes, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we have now, and in the good things of human culture that we have now; the only valid "futurology" available to us is to take care of those things. We have no need to contrive and dabble at "the future of the human race"; we have the same pressing need that we have always had - to love, care for, and teach our children.
(pg. 73, "Feminism, the Body, and the Machine")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Wendell Berry
“It is possible, I think, to say that... a Christian agriculture [is] formed upon the understanding that it is sinful for people to misuse or destroy what they did not make. The Creation is a unique, irreplaceable gift, therefore to be used with humility, respect, and skill.”
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Wendell Berry
“In the loss of skill, we lose stewardship; in losing stewardship we lose fellowship; we become outcasts from the great neighborhood of Creation. It is possible - as our experience in this good land shows - to exile ourselves from Creation, and to ally ourselves with the principle of destruction - which is, ultimately, the principle of nonentity. It is to be willing in general for being to not-be. And once we have allied ourselves with that principle, we are foolish to think that we can control the results. (pg. 303, The Gift of Good Land)”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

J.R.R. Tolkien
“The rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Edward Abbey
“Simply because humankind have the power now to meddle or 'manage' or 'exercise stewardship' in every nook and cranny of the world does not mean that we have a right to do so. Even less, the obligation.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

“Whatever you do to the animals, you do to yourself.”
Ben Mikaelsen, Touching Spirit Bear

Shannon L. Alder
“The greatest lesson you might ever learn in this life is this: It is not about you.”
Shannon L. Alder

Linda Hogan
“Caretaking is the utmost spiritual and physical responsibility of our time, and perhaps that stewardship is finally our place in the web of life, our work, the solution to the mystery that we are. There are already so many holes in the universe that will never again be filled, and each of them forces us to question why we permitted such loss, such tearing away at the fabric of life, and how we will live with our planet in the future.”
Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

“The time is coming when each of us will have to give an account of our stewardship”
Sunday Adelaja

“Stewardship is the hallmark of life on earth.”
Sunday Adelaja

“People have always looked to the horizon and feared that which they did not understand. Initially, this horizon was the edge of the forest. Then, when forests became better explored and their dangers were realized as not actually being that serious, human attention turned toward the darkness of the sea. Then the sea became better explored, and the new horizon became the vastness of space. And now, with space getting ever better explored, a new horizon appears. . . in the form of the horrors humanity is about to unleash on itself.”
Matt Kaplan

Israelmore Ayivor
“You are serving someone for the rest of your life, not knowing a time must come when you must also be served.”
Israelmore Ayivor, 101 Keys To Everyday Passion

“A steward in the above scripture is a servant who serves.”
Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

“Nothing belongs to us,' Mrs. Tynte-Irvine would say in her rarefied English-Scottish accent that indicated a bygone elegance and nobility. 'We're only caretakers of what is.”
Eric Motley

“The spirit is willing but the body is weak
Lead us then our Savoir that we may not slumber
Oh Jehovah! Oh Jehovah!
Thy strength we beseech to get to the end
So we may render a good account of our arduous journey to the end
The spirit is willing but the body is weak
Lead us then our Savoir that we may not slumber

Well done, good and faithful servants you shall say
Unto they that shall be faithful with a few things in their days.
Come and share your Master’s happiness you shall say
Unto they that diligently made their hay in the day.
Oh Jehovah! Oh Jehovah! Grant us Thy power to be faithful in our days!
The spirit is willing but the body is weak.
Lead us then our Savoir that we may not slumber.

Certain paths we know seem leading to your throne.
But there is only one path to Thy throne we yearn to know;
The path of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus!
Come to me all you who grow weary He exclaims!
Easy is His yoke; lighter is His burden! Our hearts and minds; our burden!
The spirit is willing but the body is weak.
Lead us then our Savoir that we may not slumber.

The end draws nearer and nearer as we take steps to the end.
Many are the things we need to do before we get to the end.
But many are the things that take our attention as we journey to the end.
A heart of understanding oh Jehovah we beseech;
that we may do all things pleasant to Thee with understanding.
The spirit is willing but the body is weak.
Lead us then our Savoir that we may not slumber.”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Discipline is not about the rules, it is about respect.
Its respect for those around you, the things you own and for yourself. Discipline is part of being a steward.”
Janna Cachola

“To be committed means to omit all your complaints and carry on doing what needs to be done.”
Janna Cachola

Gene Luen Yang
“It is not human nature to dominate, but to create. Yes, humankind falters every now and then, but you know how to learn from your past mistakes. You've done it before, and you can do it again. I believe that ultimately, you will create a civilization that preserves and protects even as it grows. Do you understand? The spirits will always have a place in this world, as long as you -- and humans like you -- create a place for us. - Lady Tienhai, Guardian Spirit/Queen”
Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 3

“We should have high importance and have a sense of urgency to do our part in being excellent stewards of our environment.”
Janna Cachola

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