“I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds and the stone wall was in ruins.” ~ Proverbs 24:30
Detroit’s city manager has cited the bankruptcy filing as needed in order to find a way to deal with 60 years of deferred maintenance. That’s not a typo – 60 years!
Many streetlights haven’t worked in years, there is no money to fix broken down ambulances, and up to one third of the residential properties are vacant. Why shouldn’t they be? Who wants to live in a city that is falling apart?
Now, accumulating stuff, is not the goal of the believer. The less the better. But the Bible does teach us to take care of and to prize the things we do own.
Even Paul, the apostle, had a few chosen possessions that he cared about. “When you come bring the cloak I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.” (II Timothy 4) It was speculated that Paul, on the verge of being arrested while in Troas, quickly slipped his most prized possessions to trusted Carpus for save keeping.
So whether you own a mansion on a hill or the clothes on your back, carefully maintain, prize, and care for them as a good steward of God. Your nice, well kept home, yard or garden may inspire your neighbors, which may inspire your community, which may bless your city.