Dr. Tim Crook – “Being a Cross Hugger”

October 25, 2013

“Then He said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.’” – Luke 9:23 (NIV)

It is important in our world of material want, gluttony, and waste, that we always be stewards of God’s gifts to us here on His creation.  He has put us in charge of this planet.  I have to admit that I was not a good steward of this planet until I realized the waste and carelessness all around me as we moved into a new community where I was the new principal of two elementary schools.  We had one car at the time, so in the summer before school started I walked to one of my schools each morning.  I noticed that I passed a lot of litter along the road and especially aluminum cans.  The next day on my walk to school I took a grocery bag with me, and between my house and the school I picked up more than a full bag of cans.  This gave me an idea.  Our school that year collected thousands of cans and at the same time earned our school hundreds of dollars from this recycling project.  In 4 years we had made a difference in the community and were able to provide additional money for our school as well as teach our students (and parents) a conservation lesson for life.

Radical conservationists are sometimes called tree huggers.  I am probably not a radical, but have tried since those days of walking to my school and picking up cans to be a better steward of our planet.

I do, however, desire to be another kind of radical “tree hugger.”  Luke reminds us to deny ourselves and take up a different kind of tree—“His cross”—daily and follow Him.  This verse in Luke is my life verse and I want to be known as a radical tree (cross) hugger for Him.

Thought for the Day:  Hug a tree today.  Just be sure that the tree you hug is the cross of Christ.

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Dr. Timothy Crook, Associate Professor of Education

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