Can Responsible Be Inefficient?

by Rich Dixon on June 19, 2012

Yesterday I commented about efficient and inefficient in the context of firefighting. I sense that perhaps the firefighters demonstrate skill and competence with their efficient use of resources, and they display their humanity in their inefficient use of resources.

Does that make sense?

This morning I cranked my bike north of town. I could see the enormous plume of smoke rising from the foothills, and I pictured more than 1600 men and women on the ground struggling to contain the fire in difficult conditions. I thought about incident commanders responsible for the overall operation and individual crews tackling some small job.

For some reason, I wondered about stewardship. (When you’re sweating on country roads, your mind wanders to strange places—but that’s another topic for another time.)

We know we supposed to be responsible stewards of the gifts God’s entrusted to us. I think I’ve always known that God’s definition of “responsible” might differ from the world’s ideas, but as I thought about those firefighters I wondered:

Is “responsible” stewardship always efficient?

I’m going to leave it as an open question and invite you to ponder and offer your thoughts here. If you’d like a scripture reference, I suggest The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

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