This is the whole idea of stewardship. I looked up the definition of "stewardship" in the Merriam Webster's Dicionary online (http://www.m-w.com/) and here is what I found:
2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care
Wow...a very powerful word! Now, not all Czechs or Europeans or Americans, or others from the countries of the world behave or believe in this way. But what a better world this would be if we all had the idea of stewardship and applied it to all areas of our lives!
So, on thinking more about this issue of the damaged money, it is a much deeper idea that comes to light--one of stewardship, and being thankful for the things that we have and taking good care of them. And even more importantly, being good stewards of those in our care and in our lives...carefully and thoughtfully caring for and loving those who are in our lives, and being thankful for their good stewardship of us in return.
I would really like to send this message out to my folks, all of my grandparents, my husband, and my Mother-in-Law...they are all wonderful examples of good stewardship in action...and I'm very thankful for all of them and their stewardship of me...I am very much a student in this area and continually need and want their guidance.
God bless...and have a great day!
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