In the many houses, my wife and I, have lived in we have always done something to improve them; not only make them our own but also to fix a few things that were worn, dirty, or broken.
It must be that the old adage, "After a picnic make sure that you leave it cleaner then you found it," got ingrained into me.
I am also reminded of the occasions when I have stayed in college dorm rooms for workshops or seminars. These rooms, lived in by teens, rarely get left in better condition then they were when school started.
So, if we are tenants of God's world, what kind are we?
At Holy Cross Monastery – where I have done several retreats - each visitor is not only asked to remake the bed as neatly as one can, but also to pray for the next person who will occupy the space. That, I think, is a good rule to adapt for all the spaces we live in; for our lives and for this
It is as if we have borrowed this space- this world, for a time. We should be ready to turn it over to the next generation in better condition that it was given to us.
"All things come of thee, O Lord...."
Our stewardship is defined in many ways and one is (even if it sounds a bit like a cliché) to leave this world in better shape than we found it.