Dr. Martin Seitz – “Stewardship Includes Stewardship of Ideas”
“Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.” – Proverbs 22:28 (NIV)
“Your habitual thinking becomes you. Ideas are actions in the making. Whatever you hold in your mind will pass into your acts automatically.” – E. Stanley Jones
During my first year of college at Asbury, one book and the idea it embodied made a huge impression on me as I read it for a philosophy course: Ideas Have Consequences. Ideas lead to actions that affect both our own internal and external worlds and the internal and external worlds of others. A basic tenet of modern cognitive psychology states that ideas fuel and direct an individual’s actions. Shared beliefs also lead to group identity, formation, and maintenance. Individuals’ or groups’ beliefs about God/the divine form their theology.
Asbury University was set up to nurture and promote a specific Christian theological belief—holiness. Asbury seems to have been given stewardship of this idea, which is at the center of our group identity. Other Christian groups have been assigned other areas to tend, but each group has stewardship responsibilities to nurture and promote the beliefs God has assigned it. Our actions as individuals and as organizations flow from the ideas planted and nurtured in the gardens of our minds.
- Dr. Martin Seitz, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences