This coming Sunday is Earth Day and it is also a day when we will remember the call to be good stewards of God’s creation. We have remembered the verse from scripture– “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” (Psalm 24:1) Do our lives, our priorities, and our activities, reflect our belief in the truth of that statement from the Bible? Do our lives reflect our belief that God has called us to care for, manage, and protect this beautiful earth?
If you are like me you are inconsistent in your own approach. We do try to conserve – practicing the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle – but we still have more trash than I would like. We don’t spend as much time outside and don’t put as much energy into caring for our property and our neighborhood as I would like. We don’t get involved in as many conversations about local, regional, national, and global conservation issues.
The thing is – we would all say that we care about our neighbor. And these matters of Earth Care directly impact our neighbor. This requires more than lip service. As one recent book I read suggests, this requires “getting creative in love.” So how can you and your family get creative about loving your neighbor through stewardship and care of the earth? Is it picking up trash? Is it planting trees? Is it driving less or offering to give people a ride so they don’t have to drive? Is it finding a way to fix and reuse something before throwing it out?
Do you care? Of course you do! I do too! Let’s live like it!
To God be the Glory!