This is a good point, and supports alas's psychological analysis pretty well.Bremguy wrote: ↑Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:54 pmOwnership .. In the Church .. Forget it.
Try to get any sort of picture put up on a wall. No dice.
Try to get any sort of plant in a flower bed, forget it. No dice.
You can't do anything to a church building to make it feel like it is yours. Absolutely nothing.
I was once required by a rental agreement to keep a house's back yard tidy. Out of duty, I did the minimum necessary, and often less than that.
That changed when I decided to paint the shed like a New England barn. I loved the striking effect of white trim against burning bush, and it felt a little like it was mine even though it wasn't. The next thing I did in the yard was mulch the plot next to the shed and plant purple columbines. I planted a lilac bush and a strawberry patch on the other side. As my changes slowly creeped across the yard, it felt increasingly like mine, I increasingly loved the yard, and eventually I was keeping up the whole thing without it feeling like an imposition. It was gorgeous when we moved out.
I don't think just maintaining somebody else's stuff will ever make me love it.
I do clean, though, because it gives me an opportunity to talk to the bishop (his family is assigned the same week) and because like RubinHighlander, I want to show that I'm not lazy.