I’ve recently enjoyed studying the word “kabash.” Be careful not to confuse this with “kibosh.” Kibosh is an English word, which means “something that serves as a check or stop. It is usually used in the phrase ‘put the kibosh on.’”
There are some loose connections to another similar word. I am learning to appreciate an ancient word we understand as “kabash.” You can find the Hebrew word that transliterates as “kabash” 13 times in the Old Testament. It means to “keep” or “steward.”
Did you know that right now, on our campus in Rwanda, we are working to kabash? We are constructing a massive waste treatment plant after more than a year of planning. This project involves engineers from Israel, contractors from Kigali and laborers from our village.
Whenever we build, we require contractors to hire laborers from our village. This is part of our intentional investment in the entire community. We intend to equip our students to be Christian world-changers and job creators, and we are modeling those values every time we break ground on a new project!
We are excavating, building retaining walls and preparing for construction of 107,000 square feet of learning and living space. Part of “kabashing” well is preparing to steward 1,620 students and 150+ faculty and staff in coming years.
On Monday, local workers cast the dividing walls, or chambers, of this giant waste treatment plant. This may not sound like exciting work to you, but, it is part of our ongoing commitment to “first-fruits” in all our operations. We are proud of the work being done right now to help us prepare for tomorrow.
God has given each one of us areas of responsibility. We all have something to manage. It is not our job to decide what we kabash—God has given us each unique roles and responsibilities. In Genesis 1:28, God told Adam and Eve exactly what they should kabash. They were told to “tend and keep” the garden. We are also called to “tend and keep” the resources we have been given for God’s glory.
If you feel like you are limited by the pandemic, remember that you still have incredible influence.
You are not powerless.
God can use you right where He has placed you to influence for His Kingdom. He may even call you to help us kabash the land and opportunities we have been called to manage in Rwanda.
It all comes from God. It all belongs to God.
How are we “kabashing” what He has entrusted us with? Kabash well!