Listening Is Caring

Our youth have the option of participating in an essay contest on stewardship this September through our conference. Since I’ve asked the confirmands to think about the essay question, Am I good steward, I figured I could at the very least, honestly reflect on the question for myself. Stewardship is using your gifts and talents to care for God’s creation. I would like to think that I’m a good steward as we compost and recycle at my house, so we’re not throwing everything in the landfills. We use the water from the dehumidifier to water the garden. We don’t do anything big at home, but we do lots of small things that we hope make a difference in caring for the Earth.
As I think about the talents that I have to offer, I’ve realized that when I think about caring for others, I’m actually thinking about how my gifts, talents or knowledge can fix them or their situation. I like to fix things and make them better, but I’ve learned over the years that I can’t always fix things. Sometimes, instead of fixing something, it’s more important for me to just listen and be there. Each and every one of us is different, so the first step in caring for others is not helping, or fixing. The first step of caring for someone is listening. How do we know what someone needs unless we listen? Maybe they need a meal brought to them, or help with laundry which is downstairs, or someone to pray with them or maybe just someone to listen as they work through what’s going on by talking it out.
I’ve tried to be a good steward of the resources I have, and as I’ve reflected on my care for others, I’ve learned that I could listen more. Instead of trying to fix or change things, I will focus on listening to others as my main way to care for others.

 

Pastor Katie Jo

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